Internships & student research

"Life-changing." That's how many Connecticut College seniors describe their funded summer internships. About 80% of students do an internship between their junior and senior years with an educational award of up to $3,000 from the College.

Whether it's in New England or New Zealand, the internship will help you make connections between your liberal arts education and your future life after graduation.

You'll do your internship by enrolling in a certificate program through one of the College's interdisciplinary academic Centers or by completing a series of workshops and self-evaluations through the Office of Career Enhancing Life Skills, called CELS. In 2014, The Princeton Review named Connecticut College’s career program one of the top 20 in North America, making Connecticut College the only New England liberal arts college to earn a spot on the list.

Or you may spend the summer doing research with a faculty member on campus or in the field. The Keck and Jenkins undergraduate science programs offer summer research stipends for students in the sciences and mathematics.

ConnSSHARP, the Connecticut College Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Research Program, offers summer research stipends in the humanities and social sciences. The stipends are offered on a competitive basis, and the summer research projects typically are followed by research during the academic year. Faculty-nominated students majoring in the social sciences, humanities and arts may apply for summer research funds. ConnSSHARP research stipends are designed both as a faculty development opportunity to secure summer research assistance and also as an intensive research apprenticeship for students with a strong disciplinary commitment and aspirations for graduate programs. View and download the ConnSSHARP brochure.

Get a head start on planning your internship or research opportunity by visiting the CELS office early in your first year and attending the Centers' information sessions.