Career Development

Junior Practicum Program

The Junior Practicum offered me the opportunity to engage in learning and discussion with my peers, build up my career skills, and explore issue areas I care deeply about. Through my fully funded internship [at a women's health non-profit], I was able to put my new skills into practice and make professional connections. The experience I gained has helped me continue to pursue my goals within and outside of Oberlin."

Yael Benvenuto Ladin '22

The Junior Practicum program provides third-year students with a unique and engaging opportunity to gain the skills and confidence to successfully launch into a high-quality summer internship. Students who complete the Junior Practicum program, including the Summit and coursework, will receive up to $4,000 to pursue a summer experience.

Learning Outcomes

By participating in the Junior Practicum, students will:

  • articulate how their liberal arts education and academic course(s) of study contribute to their future career path;
  • gain insider knowledge of a professional field of interest and have the opportunity to bridge academic study and real-world application;
  • network with alumni, parents, and prospective employers from their career fields of interest; 
  • gain insight into workplace culture on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; self-efficacy; and performance management;
  • develop professional skills related to interviewing, resume, and cover letter writing; and
  • design a career management action plan to utilize in the future.
Date Action
December 15, 2021 Student Applications Due
February 25–27, 2022 Junior Practicum Summit
March 1–April 15, 2022 Weekly Junior Practicum Courses (LEAD credit)
April 24, 2022 Funding Request Forms Due
June 13–August 19*, 2022 Summer Internship

*exact dates flexible based on individual assignments

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If you are an alum or parent interested in sponsoring a internship, visit the Sponsor an Obie Intern page.