Winter Term (the month of January) presents an opportunity for you to share your expertise with a current student and help them learn more about your career field.  

Winter-term internships provide students with realistic exposure to career fields that interest them. Alumni offer a majority of our winter-term internships, but we also welcome internship offers from parents of Oberlin students, employers, and other friends of the college.

Organization Benefits
  • Host an eager assistant to help with projects
  • Share information about the profession and provide career mentoring to an Oberlin student
Student Benefits
  • A firsthand look at what it's really like to work in your field
  • The opportunity to apply their liberal arts skills in a real-world environment
  • Information to help them in their career decision-making
  • Experience to strengthen their future job and internship applications
How to Post a Winter Term Internship

Employers may post winter-term opportunities in Handshake from mid-August through September 24. The process for posting is similar to posting a full-time or summer internship position.

  • Mid-August through September 24: Post winter-term internships to Handshake
  • Monday, October 1: Winter-term internship postings "go live" to students
  • Thursday, October 4: Winter Term Fair - Career Development staff will attend to promote opportunities posted by the deadline
  • Monday, November 5: All winter-term internship postings close
  • Tuesday, November 6: Employers receive application packets
  • Friday, November 16: Employer deadline to make internship offers
  • Monday, November 26: Student deadline to accept or decline internship offers
  • Friday, December 7: Student registration deadline for winter term—student must have accepted an internship and identified a faculty or staff sponsor to register
  • January 3-29: Winter Term

  • Make sure to include the words "Winter Term" in the internship title (i.e. "Winter Term __________ Intern").
  • By default, postings will be set to send a resume book after the posting closes. If you prefer to receive applications as they are submitted, please contact internships@oberlin.edu.
  • Employers should contact applicants directly to arrange interviews and extend internship offers. We also recommend notifying candidates that have not been selected, so they can pursue other opportunities.

If you have questions about winter term, please contact the Career Development Center at internships@oberlin.edu or 440.775.8060.

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.