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Frequently Asked Questions About Internships

Use the tabs below to view Frequently Asked Questions about CGCE Internships and EPIC Advantage Internship Funding.

General CGCE Internship FAQ

What is an internship?

What are the start and end dates for internships?

Who is eligible for an internship for credit?

When should I look for an internship?

Who can I contact about internships?

Can I receive credit for my internship?

What if I want to find my own internship?

Can I apply for multiple internships?

What is the difference between an internship and an externship at Earlham?

How can I find housing during my internship?

Should I apply for (or accept) an internship if it is unpaid/underpaid?

 

 

What is an internship?

At Earlham, an internship is a learning experience that:

  • Includes meaningful, project-based work that focuses on developing skills, knowledge and abilities applicable to future employment opportunities;
  • Occurs over the summer for a minimum of 8 weeks and 30 hours per week (minimum for 240 total hours);
  •  Involves an on-site supervisor;
  • Takes place at an established organization, non-profit, agency, business, etc. 

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) defines an internship as:

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent (http://www.naceweb.org/advocacy/position-statements/united-states-internships.aspx).

What are the start and end dates for the internships?

Dates are negotiable with most employers during the interview process. However, please keep in mind that squeezing in too many events during the summer will only detract from all experiences, potentially including our (and your) relationship with the internship site.  We recommend waiting two weeks after the end of the spring semester to start an internship and finishing an internship at least two weeks prior to your first on campus commitment for the fall semester.

Who is eligible for an internship for credit?

Any currently enrolled student in good academic standing who will be enrolled at Earlham in the fall semester following their summer internship is eligible. Read this page to make sure you are eligible and willing to participate in the Earlham Internship Program.

*Please note: If you have previously failed CCE/EPIC 263/363/463, your future eligibility for credit/funding through the CGCE may be impacted.

When should I look for an internship?

You should begin looking for summer internships as early as the previous October, though your search may continue through the spring semester as you apply for different opportunities.

You can prepare for your internship application by developing your resume, cover letter, and learning goals. Meet with one of our Career Coaches for support and inspiration. 

Who can I contact about internships?

Schedule an appointment with a Career Coach through Handshake. They can help you assess the track you’re interested in and direct you to further resources. 

Can I receive credit for my internship?

In order to apply for funding for an internship, you will enroll in EPIC 171: Internship Foundations during the spring semester before your internship experience. This course may be taken for zero or one credit.

To receive credit for the internship experience itself, you may enroll in either EPIC 281/381/481 or an internship course offered by your academic major (if available). For EPIC 281/381/481, you may earn up to one credit. This credit is applied to your fall semester following the internship. For questions about receiving internship credit via your academic department, please consult with your academic adviser.

What if I want to find my own internship?

You are welcome to pursue your own internship. Please be aware that if you do an independent internship, you are responsible for securing your own funding. One option for funding is applying to use your EPIC Advantage Internship Funding.

Can I apply for more than one internship?

Yes, you may (and should!) apply for multiple internships. However, once you accept an offer from an internship site, you should commit to that internship. It is considered poor etiquette to accept an offer and later decline in order to pursue a different opportunity. Declining an already-accepted offer can also harm relationships Earlham has built with an employer, thus preventing future Earlhamites from receiving that internship.

What is the difference between an internship and an externship at Earlham?

Externships:

  • are short term opportunities
  • expect work that is observation-based (i.e. shadowing)
  • are not eligible for academic credit
  • provide insight into an industry

Internships:

  • are longer-term opportunities
  • expect work that is project-based and meaningful
  • are eligible for academic credit
  • provide substantial immersion into an industry

How can I find housing during my internship? 

The CGCE Internship Team advises interns to always exercise caution and discretion when looking for housing. Inclusion on this list does not entail an endorsement by the CGCE staff. Rather, this list is meant as a tool to help interns begin their housing search. 

Should I apply for (or accept) an internship if it is unpaid/unfunded?

This depends, of course, on your individual situation. If you are offered an unpaid or underpaid internship, but will not be able to participate without funding, talk to your Career Coach about your funding options. If you are waiting to hear about possible funding, we suggest you reply to the internship site's offer with a statement like the following:

"Thank you for this exciting offer. I am interested in this opportunity and would like to accept; however, I am waiting to hear back from my college about possible funding for this internship. Would it be acceptable for me to give you my final answer by [provide a timeframe]?"

EPIC Advantage Internship Funding FAQ

What is EPIC Advantage?

Who is eligible for EPIC Advantage Internship funding?

Where do EPIC Advantage Internships come from?

How do I apply for EPIC Advantage Internship funding?

When do I apply for EPIC Advantage Internship funding?

How much funding is available?

When can I complete my EPIC Advantage Internship?

Can I receive credit for my EPIC Advantage Internship?

I’m excited! What now?

 

 

What is EPIC Advantage?

The EPIC Advantage is a $7.5 million gift from Earlham Alumni Alan ’74 and Peg Kral Scantland ’74 that provides funding to current Earlham students to support one highly focused, career oriented summer internship, off-campus research or community based project experience.

 

Who is eligible for EPIC Advantage Internship funding?

Any Earlham student who is/will be enrolled in both the spring semester preceding the internship and the fall semester following the internship and who has not yet completed an EPIC Advantage experience of any kind may apply for EPIC Advantage Internship funding.

 

Where do EPIC Advantage Internships come from?

They come from you! You will research and secure an internship that speaks to your passions and career goals, and also meets CCE internship requirements. Career coaches can help you explore opportunities. While Earlham has partners around the globe at internship sites, you are neither restricted to nor guaranteed these options.

 

How do I apply for EPIC Advantage Internship funding?

The first step in applying for EPIC Advantage Internship funding is to enroll in the EPIC 171: Internship Foundations course. Learn more about this course here.

 

When do I apply for EPIC Advantage Internship funding?

Your application will be submitted as a part of your participation in the EPIC 171: Internship Foundations course. You must take this course during the spring semester preceding your internship. 

If you are planning to pursue an internship in a country outside the U.S. that is not your home country, you must take the course during the first seven weeks of the spring semester. 

If you are planning to pursue an internship in the U.S. or in your home country, you may take the course during either the first or second seven weeks of the spring semester.

Your application will be due by the last day of class.

 

How much funding is available?

Funding for EPIC Advantage Internships generally ranges from $3000-$5000.  You will develop a detailed budget that outlines your specific request for funding based on anticipated expenses.

 

When can I complete my EPIC Advantage Internship?

Your EPIC Advantage Internship can be completed during the summer before your second, third, or fourth year.

 

Can I receive credit for my EPIC Advantage Internship?

Yes! If you are awarded EPIC Advantage Internship funding, you may enroll in EPIC 281/381/481, for which you may earn up to one credit upon successful completion of course requirements. 

Alternatively, you may receive credit for your internship through your academic department. Please consult with your academic adviser if you are considering this option.

 

I’m excited! What now?

Plan to register for the EPIC 171: Internship Foundations course during the spring semester before you plan to do an internship. If you'd like to discuss your internship and career plans with someone, you can also schedule a meeting with your career coach.

 

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