Career Exploration and Development

Student FAQ

Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Junior Practicum program. If you are an alum or parent interested in sponsoring a internship, visit the Sponsor an Obie Intern page.

Application and Enrollment

When does the application open and close?

The application opens on Thursday, September 15, 2022 and closes on Friday, October 14, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

What is the deadline to withdraw from Junior Practicum?

For Music Leadership students, the deadline to withdraw from LEAD 375 follows the college's second-module withdrawal deadline. For all other career communities, please contact your career community advisor if you are considering withdrawing from Junior Practicum. Students who withdraw from Junior Practicum will not be eligible for funding for a summer experience.

Summit Logistics

Will the Summit take place virtually or in-person?

The Summit will tentatively take place in a hybrid format, partially in person and partially virtual.

What are the dates of the Summit?

The Summit is tentatively scheduled for February; keep checking back for updates.

Funding

Is funding available for the Junior Practicum program?

Yes. Students are eligible to receive up to $5,000 for completing all program requirements and securing an 8- to 12-week internship for the summer.

What do I need to complete in order to receive funding?

Students must attend three career development workshops, two alumni panels, the mixer, and the Summit; complete an approved resume and e-Portfolio; and secure an 8– to 12-week internship in order to be eligible for funding.

LEAD 375 Music Leadership Career Community students will not be required to complete any of the events listed above, but will be required to complete the fall semester second-module class.

Music Leadership only: If a student does not pass the Junior Practicum LEAD course, will they still be eligible for funding?

Music Leadership students must receive a Pass grade for their Junior Practicum LEAD course to be eligible for funding. A grade of No Pass will not count as the student having completed the course, which is a requirement for funding.

How will funding amounts be determined?

As part of the Junior Practicum funding request, you will need to provide a budget and supporting documentation of your estimated expenses. The budget and supporting documentation will be used and considered to determine the amount of funding you will be granted for your summer internship experience. For more details about what to include in your budget and documentation, please see the question “What can my funding be used for?”

If my internship is paid, am I still eligible to receive funding?

Yes, you are still eligible to receive funding if your internship is paid. However, the amount you will be paid by your internship host will be taken into consideration when calculating the total amount of funding you will be granted for your summer internship experience.

What can my funding be used for?

Your summer funding can be used for living expenses and other expenses for your internship. This includes things like rent, travel (to and from the internship location, as well as any routine travel as part of the internship), food, and supplies needed for your internship experience that will not be covered by your internship host.

Whom should I contact if I have questions about the funding process or need help with my funding request?

Students should contact their career community advisor with any questions about the funding process.

If I submit my application early, will I have a better chance of receiving more funding?

All applications will be considered on an equal basis, as long as they are submitted on time. There will be two funding application cycles: The first-round application deadline is Friday, April 12, 2023; the second-round deadline is Friday, May 12, 2023. The round in which you submit your application will not affect your funding amount.

What happens after I apply for funding?

After you submit your funding application, the Junior Practicum team will review your application. Once a decision has been reached, you will be notified of the amount of funding you have received for the summer. Your funding will then be directly deposited into your bank account.

When does the funding application open and close?

The funding application will open on April 1, 2022 and will comprise two rounds to allow students who receive internship offers earlier to secure funding sooner. The first-round deadline is Friday, April 21, 2023; the second-round deadline is Friday, May 12, 2023.

When will I know how much funding I’ll be receiving?

You will be notified about the amount of funding you’ve been awarded by April 28th, 2023 for Round 1, and by May 19 for Round 2.

When will my funding be available to me?

Your funding will be directly deposited into your account before you start your internship.

Will I be required to provide documentation of my summer internship expenses (receipts, bills, etc.)?

No, you will not need to provide documentation of summer internship expenses such as receipts and bills after the internship experience. However, Junior Practicum participants requesting internship funding will need to provide documentation for estimated expenses for the internship funding request form. This means documentation to provide an estimate of living expenses for the internship experience such as rent, food, and transportation.

Summer Internships

How will I get a summer internship?

For Junior Practicum 2.0, Career Exploration and Development (CED) and Conservatory Professional Development will not match students with internships. However, alumni and friends of the college will post summer opportunities to which you can apply directly, or you may apply to any summer internships that interest you. JP workshops and individual career advising (as well as LEAD 375 for Music Leadership students) will help you put your best foot forward as you apply and interview for internships.

Should my internship be remote or in person?

At this time, the program is designed to support remote, hybrid, and in-person internships.

If my internship is fully remote, do I need to live in a specific location?

Acknowledging that a proper work environment is an important aspect of a successful summer internship, you should strongly consider your living situation when working fully remotely. You may live in the location of your choosing; however, it will be important to consider noise levels, privacy, and access to broadband internet.

Am I able to accept further work experience with my sponsor after the internship?

Absolutely! We encourage you to network and stay connected with your sponsor after your internship officially ends. You are more than welcome to accept further opportunities, if offered by your sponsor. This, however, is not guaranteed and will be independent of the practicum experience.

What are Oberlin’s safety guidelines and expectations?

Due to the volatile nature of the pandemic, students are advised to stay up-to-date on the College’s policies regarding travel and testing. Up-to-date information can be found on the ObieSafe website. When traveling, students should carefully consider their own risk tolerance and ensure that their program has appropriate contingency plans in place. Students are also advised to be sure their travel insurance covers COVID-related matters.

How many hours per week should I be working at my internship site?

Internship hours should be 25-30 hours per week, but we understand that working hours and locations (remote vs. on-site) may vary. If your hours are consistently lower or higher than this amount, please reach out to your career community advisor for guidance.

Eligibility

I am a 3-2 Engineering Program student.  Can I participate in Junior Practicum before my last year at Oberlin?

Yes, 3-2 engineering students may participate in Junior Practicum prior to their final year at Oberlin (after their second year).

Can I participate in Junior Practicum if I'm studying away in the spring semester?

Students must be enrolled on campus for 2022-2023 to participate in Junior Practicum, as the program will have in-person components. Students who are studying away will be given priority to apply for and receive summer funding to help support their Summer 2023 internships. Career Exploration and Development (CED) can also support you in your summer internship search. Schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor for help with your search.

What if I’m an F1 visa holder?

International students are welcome to participate in the Junior Practicum program. We encourage you to meet with the International Student Resource Center for OPT advice.