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.

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 will begin on Friday, February 25 and end on Sunday, February 27.

When does the application open and close?

The application opens on Monday, October 4 and closes on Wednesday, December 15.

What if I’m an F1 visa holder?

International students are welcome to participate in the Junior Practicum program.

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

Unfortunately, students must be enrolled on campus for the spring 2022 semester to participate in Junior Practicum, as the Summit and coursework will have in-person components. Students who are studying away will be given priority to apply for and receive summer funding to assist with funding their internships for the summer of 2022.

What is the deadline to withdraw from Junior Practicum?

The deadline to withdraw from Junior Practicum is Friday, February 11, 2022.

Funding

Is funding available for the Junior Practicum program?

Yes. Students are eligible to receive up to $4,000 for completing the Summit, the 6-week module course, and securing an 8- to 12-week internship for the summer.

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

Students must successfully complete the Summit, the 6-week module course, and secure an 8– to 12-week internship in order to be eligible for funding.

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

No, a student 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.

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.

How will funding 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.

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.

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

Students should contact their LEAD course instructor 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. The funding application will close on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at midnight.

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.

What if I said I wanted to be matched on my application, but now want to self-secure?

The deadline to submit the Junior Practicum Self-Secured Internship form has passed. Therefore, if you indicated that you would like the Career Development Center to match you with an internship but you secure your own internship for the summer, you will not be eligible for Junior Practicum funding. Alumni and friends of Oberlin who are internship hosts are counting on working with students who requested to be matched.

Funding Timeline

When does the funding application open and close?

The funding application will open on April 1, 2022 and will close on Sunday April 24, 2022 at midnight.

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 the end of April.

When will my funding be available to me?

Your funding will be directly deposited into your account in mid-May.

Summer Internships

Will my internship be remote or in person?

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

How will my internship be determined?

Students will be mutually paired with an alumni or parent sponsor based on the student’s career community of interest, skills, career goals, and the sponsor’s project needs.

Can I find an internship on my own and receive funding?

Yes. The Career Development Center will pair you with an alum or parent sponsor for your internship. However, you have the option to secure your own internship with approval from the Career Development Center.

Who will supervise my internship experience?

Your assigned sponsor will supervise and support your week-to-week experience and provide you with projects and mentoring opportunities.

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.

When will I find out who my internship sponsor is?

Pairings will be shared by the end of April.

What input will I have in the matching process?

The Career Development team will use your application materials (i.e. career community interests, self-identified skills, and career goals) to inform the matching process with an alumni/parent sponsor.

What if my self-secured summer internship site has a decision date past the January 17 self-secured internship form deadline?

You can indicate that on the self-secured internship form under the “Please add any additional information here” item. The Career Development Center cannot ensure that you can be matched with an internship if your self-secured internship falls through. Internship matching will be subject to availability. We encourage you to meet with a Career Development Center team member to assist with applying for self-secured internships.

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.

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

Internship hours should be 25-30 hours per week. The Career Development Center will allow for some flexibility in hours.

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?

Unfortunately, students must be enrolled on campus for the spring 2022 semester to participate in Junior Practicum, as the Summit and LEAD coursework will have in-person components. Students who are studying away will be given priority to apply for and receive summer funding to assist with funding their self-secured Summer 2022 internships. The Career Development Center can also support you in your self-secured internship search. Schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor for help with your search.