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Become a Richmond Residency Employer

The Richmond Residency Internship Program connects Earlham students' talent and skill with local organizations' needs through summer internships. Organizations located in and around Richmond, Indiana can apply to be a part of this program and host Earlham interns in their workplaces. 

Richmond ResidencyGoals

The goals of the Richmond Residency Internship Program are to:

  • Provide Earlham students with opportunities to gain practical experience in their industry or field.
  • Provide students with opportunities to gain proficiency in the NACE Career Competencies. 
  • Provide students with an immersive experience in the Richmond community as a means of increasing their place awareness.
  • Provide relevant, timely, and in-demand experiences to meet the needs of our ever-changing student population.
  • Live out our institutional Quaker values by utilizing our resources to make positive impacts in the Richmond community.



Program Benefits


Recruiting Assistance

Faculty and staff of the Center for Global and Career Education at Earlham will help advertise your open positions to our student body, which means you’ll receive more quality applications with less work on your part.


Funding Availability

The Richmond Residency Program has funding available for organizations that are unable to provide a fully paid internship. Non-profits and government agencies may be eligible for up to $3000, and for-profit employers may be eligible for a funding match of up to $1500 per approved internship.


Streamlined Application Process

Earlham College students have accounts in Handshake, an online network for college talent. After creating your employer account in Handshake, you’ll be able to easily access student applications and profiles, rank applications, and extend offers.


Employer Partner Status

As an Employer Partner of Earlham College, you’ll get early access to career fairs and other campus recruiting events, as well as recognition on our website and other materials.


Earlham welcomes applications from employers within Wayne County that:

  • Are registered with an active EIN (employer identification number),
  • Have a dedicated physical location that provides a safe work environment for the internship,
  • Can provide on-site supervision of interns for at least 75% of the intern’s weekly work period,
  • Are committed to providing a supportive and stimulating learning and working environment, and
  • Are committed to making a positive impact in the Richmond and Wayne County Community.

Internship Requirements

Qualifying internships must: 

  • Include meaningful, project-based work that focuses on developing skills, knowledge, and abilities applicable to future employment opportunities.
  • Occur between mid-May and early August.
  • Be a total of 8 weeks and 240 hours in length (not to exceed 320 hours).
  • Have an on-site supervisor who is present for at least 75% of the intern’s weekly work period. The supervisor should provide weekly check-in meetings to discuss progress toward work, review internship goals, and write a final evaluation.

Employer Expectations

Employers who participate in the Richmond Residency Internship Program are expected to:

  • Create a Handshake account to use for posting the open internship position for Earlham students.
  • Adhere to all program deadlines.
  • Adhere to the non-discrimination policy of Earlham College, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Act.
  • Send at least one representative to the employer onboarding session in January.
  • Send at least one representative to the Be the Change: Internship & Post Graduation Opportunity Fair on Earlham's campus in February.
  • Submit evaluations in a timely manner.
  • Encourage and support the learning/skill development aspect of the student’s internship, including assisting the student with assignments required by the College as appropriate.
  • Engage in clear, consistent and timely communication with Earlham's Assistant Director of Employer Relations & Internships, especially as problems, concerns or deviations from the standard timeline and expectations arise.


Funding for this program is generally paid directly to the students, by Earlham College, in the form of a Non-Service Fellowship Award. It is important to note that this funding is NOT calculated or distributed as a wage but is processed as a one-time stipend meant to aid with the costs associated with completing an unpaid internship (e.g. living and commuting expenses).

Student award amounts are $3000 for 8-week experiences. If an employer would like to extend the duration of the internship, they will need to provide additional funding to support the student during the extension.

Funding Amounts:

Non-profits and government agencies are eligible for funding up to $3000* for the first approved internship.

If a non-profit or government agency wishes to apply for more than one internship, they will be eligible for a funding match of $1500 for each additional approved internship.

For-profit employers are eligible for a funding match of up to $1500* for each approved internship.

*To ensure that our limited funding is able to support as many experiences as possible all employers will be asked to identify how much funding they can contribute towards the total award amount. The difference will be the amount that Earlham will contribute if the internship is approved. Employers will make their contributions by paying Earlham. Earlham will then process a single payment to the student for the full award amount. 

Example 1: If a non-profit or government agency is able to contribute $500, Earlham will contribute $2500 for an approved 8-week internship.

Example 2: If a for-profit employer is able to contribute $2000, Earlham will contribute $1000 for an approved 8-week internship.

Employer Application Process

  1. Please read all of the eligibility and requirements information to make sure you (the employer) are willing and able to participate in all aspects of the program.
  2. Develop a job description using the approved template.
  3. Complete the online application form HERE.
  4. Employers may be asked to schedule a site visit as part of the application review process, particularly those that have not partnered with Earlham College for internships in the last year.

Selection Criteria

All employer applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of Earlham faculty and students and who will use the following criteria to determine which internships best align with the goals of this program.

  • Potential for developing students’ practical/industry experience
  • Potential for developing students’ mastery of the NACE Career Competencies.
  • Impact to the local community.
  • Potential for providing students an immersive experience in the local community.
  • Alignment with the current needs and interests of the Earlham student population.
  • Financial need.
  • Outcomes of previous experiential learning partnerships with Earlham College (internships, Bonner, off-campus work study, etc.).
  • Alignment with the mission and values of Earlham College.

Timeline for Employers

Employer partners are expected to follow the below timeline for participating in the Richmond Residency program.


  • 1st: Employer applications open.


  • 8th: Deadline for employers to apply.


  • 13th: Final decisions will be made and all employer applicants will be notified of their application status.


  • On-boarding session for all confirmed employers. Please plan to send at least one representative from your organization to this event.


  • 1st: Internship descriptions should be finalized and posted in Handshake by this date.
  • 5th: Last day to register, via Handshake, for Be the Change Fair.
  • 26th: Attend our Be the Change: Internship & Post Graduation Opportunity Fair. Please plan to send at least one representative from your organization to this event.


  • 1st: Job postings close by this date
  • 12th: Interns should be selected by this date


  • Initial evaluations will be sent to interns and supervisors during the 2nd week of the internship.
  • Site visits will be scheduled near the midpoint of the internship.


  • Final evaluations will be sent to interns and supervisors


  • EPIC Expo: Interns will be required to make a presentation about their internship experience during this all campus event.  We welcome you to join us in this celebration of experiential learning.
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