Career Exploration and Development

Offer a Winter Term Micro-Internship

Share your expertise with a current Oberlin student and help them explore dynamic career opportunities in your field.

Winter Term micro-internships are project-based, quality learning experiences that offer Oberlin students realistic exposure to career fields that interest them. These experiences are short-term, 100-hour projects that take place every January. These projects offer students:

  • A firsthand look at what it's really like to work in their career field of interest
  • The opportunity to apply liberal arts skills in a real-world environment
  • Experience to strengthen their future job and internship applications

The Center for Career Exploration and Development invites alumni, parents, and friends of the college to post micro-internship projects from all industries and professions to best represent the wide range of students’ career interests.

Winter Term 2023 will take place from Monday, January 2 through Wednesday, January 25.

Winter Term 2023 micro-internship postings will be accepted through Friday, September 30, 2022. There are two ways to post:

  1. Submit the 2023 Winter Term Micro-Internship Posting Form with all the details we will need to post your opportunity to Handshake, our job and internship database.

  2. If you’ve previously posted a Winter Term opportunity and would like to repost it with the same description, please send an email to We can pull descriptions from the past three years for you to review, if requested.

After you have submitted your micro-internship posting(s), we will be in touch about next steps.

  • Mid-August—Friday, September 30: Winter Term micro-internship postings submitted to Career Exploration and Development
  • Friday, October 14: Student application deadline
  • Monday, October 17: Employers receive application packets from by 5:00 p.m. EDT. Employers begin reaching out to applicants directly to schedule phone or virtual interviews and to notify applicants of their status
  • Friday, October 28: Employer deadline to make initial offers (offers may be extended to alternates after this date)
  • Friday, November 18: Student final deadline to secure a micro-internship and register their Winter Term project
  • January 2–25, 2023: Winter Term

Fair Labor Standards for Internships

If you are offering an internship with a "for-profit" organization in the private sector, and have questions about how the Fair Labor Standards Act applies to interns, please download the U.S. Department of Labor's fact sheet: Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Additional information is available through the U.S. Department of Labor.