What if you could spend the summer after your junior year in a dream internship — and get funding from Connecticut College to be there? In summer 2015, 330 rising seniors — 77% of the Class of 2015 — did just that, and interned in 28 states and 28 countries/provinces. And when we say dream internship, Connecticut College students dream big. Swimming with dolphins? Been there. Working at Google and MTV? Done that. Conducting biomedical research at a top hospital? Check! If you can dream it, our Career Advisers can help you get there.
This educational award opens doors
Connecticut College is one of only four colleges in the country that offers all students a funded internship following their junior year, and it has awarded more than 3,000 of them in 15 years.
Liberal arts students tend to have well-rounded academic backgrounds and diverse interests. How can students articulate the skills they’re building through classes and other engagements in order to align themselves with competitive formal internship programs? From their very first meetings, the career staff helps you to do just that—understand what you’re learning, what transferrable skills you’re accumulating and strengthening, and how to market yourself to internship sponsors and employers. Additionally, Career Advisers teach and encourage you to look beyond advertised internships, to find organizations and people who are doing work you’re interested in and to create your own opportunities.
Completing the Funded Internship Program and receiving this educational award does, in fact, open doors! The College funding is key to making the pitch to companies and organizations. Many smaller companies, nonprofits and government agencies don’t have the resources to pay interns, and sometimes larger companies only have funding for narrowly defined opportunities. Because the College pays this educational award, you are more likely to land the internship you want most.
A comprehensive career program with long-term impact
The Connecticut College Funded Internship Program is part of a four-year career preparation program that helps you connect your liberal arts degree to professional opportunities and graduate study. This holistic approach guarantees that your internship experience will have long-lasting value for your academic experience, career and life. In a survey of alumni who participated in the program in the past five years, nine out of 10 said that their College-funded internship helped them find their first job or prepare for graduate or professional school.