Winter term is the perfect time to …

  • Explore your interests and values by participating in on and off campus activities
  • Grow your awareness of your specific skills, identity and purpose as they relate to possible careers
  • Connect to people and opportunities that will enhance your Oberlin experience and prepare you for life after college

The Career Development Center offers a variety of projects and programs designed to help you develop the key competencies that are the building blocks of any successful postgraduate pathway. Our staff can serve as sponsor for any of these options, or you are welcome to ask a faculty member to sponsor you for WT credit. Several of these opportunities are competitive, so be sure to take advantage of our Drop-in Hours for assistance with your application materials. 

Apply your liberal arts skills in a professional environment through a Winter Term internship hosted by alumni or other friends of Oberlin in a variety of fields all over the country. You can search and apply for Winter Term internships in Handshake beginning in early October; the final application deadline is early November. The Career Development Center can also help you with strategies and resources to arrange your own internship.

Find internships on Handshake.
More info: See FAQs below.

Each, year a wide variety of organizations host Oberlin student interns during Winter Term.  Many internship sites are in New York, Washington D.C. and California. Past internship sites include:

  • AFL-CIO
  • Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.
  • Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
  • Coalition for Economic Survival
  • DiGa Vision
  • Fiberlite Technologies
  • Great Basin Outdoor School
  • KJK Jewelry, Inc.
  • History Colorado
  • Lansner & Kubitschek
  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • National Park Service - Center for Urban Ecology
  • New York City Bar Association
  • POV Digital
  • Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation
  • The Riverside Company 
  • Studio in a School
  • The Striking Viking Story Pirates
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem

Develop the skills, knowledge, and contacts to help you more successfully compete for jobs and internships in a wide range of business disciplines. You’ll need to plan ahead for this competitive program: students apply in the spring to participate the following year. This intensive program includes a 2-credit module course in the fall and culminates in a Winter Term trip to New York, Boston, or San Francisco.

More info: https://www.oberlin.edu/career/set/obs

    Master your interviewing skills through Big Interview's expert video lessons and interactive interview practice tool. Whether you’re interviewing for a job or graduate school, this intensive 50-lesson training course provides hands-on practice with mock interviews tailored to your specific industry, job, and experience level. Bonus: can be completed remotely. 

    More info:  Request an appointment with Josh Koller to discuss the options and requirements for this project. View the one-pager to get more information.

    Get ready to launch a holistic job search to land a summer internship or full-time position. Through this individual project, you’ll gain insight into specific fields or industries as you develop your career portfolio, including resumes, cover letters, and a summary of informational interviews. Bonus: can be completed remotely. 

    More info: Request an appointment  to discuss the options and requirements for this project. View the one-pager to get more information.

    Winter Term Housing

    Please fill out the following Intake Form if you are looking for alumni housing over winter term. After filling out the form, you will receive the contact information for alumni offering free or low cost housing in your location of need. Housing is not guaranteed, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    Request Winter Term Housing Info

    Employment benefits (CPT) are not available until you have completed one full academic year (two semesters) of study, and declared a major. Unfortunately, this means that you are not eligible to apply for a winter term internship during your first year of study. You will, however, be eligible to apply for CPT for a summer job or internship and for winter term internships in future years.

    Advance planning is essential for a successful international winter term trip. Please read the information about international projects and schedule an appointment with Amy Moniot before you apply for an international internship.

    Winter Term Internship FAQs

    For more information, check out the Winter Term FAQs .