“Micro” or Project Based Internships
Updated: Apr 10
One’s use of “micro-internships” or “project based internships” just depends on what language they prefer to use. These two terms mean the same thing in describing the following:
Short-term, professional assignments
Usually completed remotely
Requires 5-40 hours of work by the student (total) in a finite period of time
Students are typically given between one week and one month to complete project(s)
Students receive a fixed fee, typically $15-$25 per hour
Some common examples are: content creation, industry research, data entry and social media support
Benefits for Students
Gives students the opportunity to work in a field that may not be available to them due to geographic reasons
Offers remote options
Offers flexibility to accommodate classes and busy schedules
Opportunity to gain real-world experience
Gain and refine skill sets
Explore fit and/or potential career path
Benefits for Employers
Can be created on demand as needed
Students participating in micro-internships are not direct hire employees or contractors
Identify and build relationships with potential candidates for full-time roles
Explore fit of student with organization
Connect with a more diverse array of students
Effectively assess communication, problem solving, and the other skills that are vital to success
Expand experiential learning opportunities for students
Since micro-internships are low-risk, employers are often more willing to look beyond majors and GPA
International students may be eligible to participate in micro-internships through CPT, OPT or a work visa
Important points to keep in mind:
How can you ensure a successful learning experience?
Build in time and methods for regular feedback sessions with the student.
What challenges do you foresee with this structure, and how can you address proactively?
How can career services staff help to ensure the integrity of the internship experience for students? (hours worked, supervision requirements, etc.)
How can we coach students to most effectively market their micro-internship experiences on the resume and in interviews?
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