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 2024 will take place from Wednesday, January 3 through Tuesday, January 30.

    Winter Term 2024 micro-internship postings will be accepted through Friday, October 6, 2023. There are two ways to post:

    1. Submit the 2024 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 internship posting(s), we will be in touch about next steps.

    • Mid-August—Friday, October 6: Winter Term micro-internship postings submitted to Career Exploration and Developments
    • Tuesday, September 12—Friday, November 3: Students apply to micro-internship postings
    • Monday, September 18—Friday, November 10: Employers reach out to applicants directly to schedule and conduct phone or virtual interviews, to notify applicants of their status, and make offers
    • Friday, November 3: All micro-internship postings close
    • Friday, November 17: Student final deadline to secure a micro-internship and register their Winter Term project
    • January 3–30, 2024: 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.