Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Junior Practicum program. If you are an alum or parent interested in sponsoring a micro-internship, visit the Sponsor Resources page.
Will the Summit take place virtually or in-person?
The Summit will take place entirely virtually.
What are the dates of the Summit?
The Summit will begin on Tuesday, September 8th and end on Friday, October 2nd.
What times will sessions be held during the Summit?
Sessions will be held Monday-Friday beginning no earlier than 12pm EST to accommodate for various time zones. Daily session times will vary depending on the Career Community and project group meetings. Most days will end by 5:30pm EST with some exceptions. The final schedule will be shared with participants in advance of the Summit, so you can make plans and stay organized.
When does registration open and close?
Registration opens on Monday, July 6th and closes on Friday, July 17th.
What if I’m an F1 visa holder?
International students are expected to be on campus during the fall term. Students who are enrolled in the fall term cannot also participate in the program. However, if an F1 visa holder is unable to return to campus, they can participate in the Junior Practicum program. Students who cannot or elect not to return to campus in the Fall should contact Josh Whitson to discuss the immigration implications.
I’ve submitted an appeals request to return to campus in the fall, but I don’t find out until after the Junior Practicum registration deadline. What should I do?
Students who are planning to appeal should still register for the program by the July 17th deadline. If your appeals request is approved, we will withdraw you from the program with no penalty.
I have a job or other commitment that will conflict with the virtual summit schedule. Will I be able to participate by watching recorded sessions later?
We understand that unexpected schedule conflicts may come up, and we will consider occasional exceptions on a case-by-case basis. However, as with any other Winter Term project, students who register for Junior Practicum must be able to commit to attending at the scheduled times. This is why only the virtual Summit is required to receive Winter Term credit, and the micro-internship and research opportunities remain optional and flexible.
I already have plans from October to December. Can I still participate in the Summit portion of the program in September?
Absolutely! Students who have other plans between October and December and wish to participate in the Summit only may choose to do so. Keep in mind, however, that you will not be eligible for funding to pursue a micro-internship.
Is this program eligible for Winter Term credit?
Yes! The Career Readiness and Skill-building Summit portion of the program counts as your Winter Term credit.
What is the deadline to withdraw from Junior Practicum?
The deadline to withdraw from Junior Practicum is September 14.
Is funding available for the Junior Practicum program?
Yes. Students are eligible to receive up to $800 for completing their micro-internship or research project. This amount is based on approximately 10 hours of work per week over the course of 8 weeks.
Am I able to pursue an experiential track and pursue employment?
The micro-internship is intended to help you gain valuable experience and complement your educational studies; it is not intended to be a replacement for a full-time job, in terms of time commitment or compensation.
What if I want to participate in this program, and I need help finding additional employment?
The Career Development Center staff stands ready to assist you! You can find our availability and book appointments through Handshake.
What do I need to complete in order to receive funding?
Students must successfully complete both the Summit and an experiential track (micro-internship or research project) in order to be eligible for funding.
Will an in-person internship be funded through the Junior Practicum program?
At this time, the program is designed to support remote micro-internships. We are not able to fund travel to an internship site. However, if you already live in the same location as your internship site, exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
When will I receive my funding?
- Funding will be issued at the conclusion of your micro-internship or research project (around early December) pending confirmation of successful completion from your alum, parent, or faculty sponsor.
- If you anticipate this funding timeline creating an obstacle to participation in the program based on your financial needs, please reach out to the Career Development Center team.
Career Communities Micro-Internships
Is the micro-internship remote or in-person?
At this time, the program is designed to support remote micro-internships. However, if you already live in the same location as your internship site, exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
How will my micro-internship be determined?
Students will be mutually paired with an alum or parent sponsor based on the student’s career community of interest, skills, career goals, and the sponsor’s project needs.
Can I find a micro-internship on my own and receive funding?
Yes. The Career Development Center will pair you with an alum or parent sponsor for your micro-internship. However, you have the option to opt-out and secure your own remote micro-internship with approval from the Career Development Center.
Who will supervise my micro-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 micro-internship?
Absolutely! We encourage you to network and stay connected with your sponsor after your micro-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.
How many hours of work is expected?
You should anticipate spending approximately 10 hours per week on your micro-internship over the course of 8 weeks. Work plans and hours will be developed in collaboration with your sponsor.
When will I find out who my micro-internship sponsor is?
Pairings will be shared during the final week of the Summit.
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 alum/parent sponsor.
Does the location of my organization matter?
No. All micro-internships are remote; therefore, location is not a factor.
Junior Practicum Webinar
Have additional questions? Check out this virtual info session from June 26, 2020!