Winter Term Internships

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Winter Term offers a unique opportunity for Oberlin students to participate in internships. Each January, a strong network of alumni and friends of Oberlin host more than 100 internship opportunities in a variety of fields. Students from all class years in the Conservatory of Music and the College of Arts and Sciences are welcome to apply. The Career Center coordinates and sponsors the many challenging and exciting Winter Term internships offered at organizations across the country, and will make these internship postings available to students in October.

Reasons to Apply for a Winter Term Internship:

  • Get a firsthand look at a career field of interest
  • Apply your liberal arts skills in a real-world environment under the supervision of an internship supervisor, in most cases an Oberlin alum
  • Gather information to help you in your career decision-making process
  • Gain experience that will greatly strengthen your future job, internship, graduate school and fellowship applications


Notice for First Year Students Studying on F-1 Visas:

Employment benefits (CPT) are not available until you have completed one full academic year (two semesters) of study, and declared a major. Unfortunately, this means that you are not eligible to apply for a Winter Term internship during your first year of study. You will, however, be eligible to apply for CPT for a summer job or internship and for Winter Term internships in future years.

Notice for Students Applying to International Internships:

Advance planning is essential for a successful international winter term trip. Please read the information about international projects and schedule an appointment with Amy Moniot before you apply for an international internship.

Sample Winter Term Sites

Winter Term 2015 internships will be available on October 6 on ObieOpps.

Each year over 70 employers and organizations host Oberlin student interns during Winter Term.  Many internship sites are in New York, Washington D.C. and California.  The following is a sample list of Winter Term sites.

ACLU of Southern California

Art House Inc.

California-Asia Business Council (Cal-Asia)

Center for Biological Diversity

Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine


Discovery Communications­

Environmental Defense

Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project

Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Global Green

Gotham Ghostwriters

Gorman Health Group, LLC

Great Basin Outdoor School

KJK Jewelry

Lansner & Kubitschek

Levine School of Music

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Metropolitan Opera Guild

Model Assemblage

National Center for Transgender Equality


New York City Bar Association

Red House Records, Inc.

Riverside Company, The

Smithsonian Institution

Steven McQuillin & Associates

The Striking Viking Story Pirates

The Studio Museum in Harlem

USG Corporation