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 and 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 Career Exploration and Development team 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 2025 will take place from Friday, January 3 through Tuesday, January 28.

Winter Term 2025 micro-internship postings will be accepted through Sunday, October 13, 2024. There are two ways to post:

  1. Submit the 2025 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.

  • Early-August—Sunday, October 13: Winter Term micro-internship postings submitted to Career Exploration and Development.
  • September 9-November 3: Winter Term micro-internship postings open for students to apply to micro-internships.  Employers interview on rolling basis as applications are received (or per employer-determined timelines) and make offers.
  • Sunday, November 3: All micro-internship postings still listed as available will be automatically closed at 11:59pm.
  • Friday, November 15: Student final deadline to secure a micro-internship and register their Winter Term project.
  • January 3–28, 2025: 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.