Students attending the career communities information sessions have asked some great questions. You might be wondering about some of the same things, so we’ve pulled together the top questions and answered them below.

If you don’t see your question here, please contact Dana Hamdan, Associate Dean of Students and Executive Director of the Career Development Center.


What is the difference between the fall and spring tracks?

Both tracks involve enrollment in a career community course, and workshops and training from professional Career Development Center staff and faculty. The primary difference is that fall track career community students receive funding toward an internship that they secure independently, while spring track students are placed directly into financially supported summer internships.

What are the minimum requirements (GPA, etc.) to be considered for a career community?

There is no minimum GPA requirement to be eligible for this program. The only requirement is that you are a junior or senior, and complete all of the questions on the application.

What criteria will be used to select people for the community?

We are looking for students to convey in their application how the community complements their academic coursework and also how their interests and relevant experiences (internships, student organizations, short-term employment, study away, etc.) connect to the community and their plans after Oberlin.

What application materials are required?

A résumé and three references, including at least one Oberlin faculty member, are required.

When will I hear if I’m accepted into a community?

No later than January 24, 2020.

Can I apply for more than one community?

Yes, but you will need to complete more than one application and be specific as to why you’re applying to more than one.


If I am selected for a community and decide to join, what is my commitment?

If you accept an offer to join a community, you are committed to completing the co-curricular class and also participating in the funded summer internship.

What is the time commitment for the co-curricular class?

Depending on the community, the class meets once or twice per week (six or twelve sessions total) and each session is scheduled for 50 or 90 minutes. The dates for the sessions are listed on the career communities website.

Internships and Support

How does funding work for the fall career communities?

If you enroll in and complete a career community course you are guaranteed funding toward a high-quality internship that relates to your career community.

When will the internship from the fall track take place?

Students who participate in the fall track career communities will complete their corresponding internship the following summer.

How do I find a summer internship if I’m a fall track student?

Students who enroll in career communities will spend time honing their job and internship search skills as well as improving their application documents and ability to answer competency-based interview questions. Professional Career Development Center staff will also be available to work with students to help find high-quality internships for the summer.

How are students matched for spring track internships?

Students identify the internships that most interest them. After an initial interview with Career Development Center staff, resumes are sent to employers based on students' preferences and skills. Depending on the organization, the employer may or may not contact students for an interview. The Career Development Center then works with employers to match students with internships that are the best fit.

What is a high quality internship?

Please refer to Characteristics of a High-Quality Internship. If you are uncertain if an opportunity would qualify, reach out to your career community instructor.

How much is my internship funding?

The level of funding is contingent upon the location and duration of the internship, and financial need.

Is there funding available in addition to the award?

Need-based financial assistance will be provided to support housing, travel, and dining. It will be the responsibility of the student to make housing and travel arrangements.

If I am studying away for the spring semester, can I still receive funding for a summer internship?


Am I allowed to take internship opportunities abroad?


If I’m graduating, what if I land a full-time job?

Graduating students enrolled in the fall-track communities can absolutely search for full-time jobs as well as internships. If you secure a full-time job, you will not receive the summer internship funding associated with career communities. Spring-track students must accept an internship already associated with the program.

Can research opportunities be used for internship experience?

Students in both the Science & Technology and the Medical, Public & Global Health Professions career communities can use research opportunities as internship experience. Please refer to the Characteristics of a High Quality Internship guide.