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 internships@oberlin.edu. We can pull descriptions from the past three years for you to review, if requested.

    After you have submitted your 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 internships@oberlin.edu 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.