Winter Term Opportunities

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. 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, gain professional skills, and make connections through a Winter Term internship! Internships are often hosted by alumni or other friends of Oberlin in various career fields and locations. Search and apply for Winter Term internships in Handshake beginning in early October; the final application deadline is in early November. The Career Development Center can also help you with strategies and resources to arrange your own internship.

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:

  • 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:

    Winter Term Internship FAQ

    For more information, check out the Winter Term FAQ.

    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 schedule an appointment with the Office of Study Away before applying for an international internship.