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Every Colin Powell School undergraduate student who has earned 30+ credits receives a bank of 300 Paid Internship Hours (@$18/hour = $5,400), which can be completed at any time for up to a year after you graduate. Access your bank by creating a resume with one of our Coaches, and learn by doing while getting paid!
An internship is a short-term, on-the-job experience for students to gain entry-level exposure to the industry and fields of their interest. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) studies show that students with at least one paid internship made 6% more in their starting salary than those with no internship experience.
-No Previous Experience Required.
-No age, transfer student, or status restrictions (DACA and international students are welcome!)
-Earn a reference for future internship, fellowship, and job opportunities
Weekly info sessions available to you via the drop-in LEARN! sessions on the events calendar below. No reservation needed!
Build a resume that lets you shine, write a cover letter or statement of interest that shares your strengths, and complete mock interviews to feel confident. Attend any of the drop-in Step 2 Prepare! sessions listed on the events calendar below – no reservation needed!
For 1:1 help, set up a time to meet with one of our Coaches by clicking on the calendars under their names.
Review internship options in the public service database, select up to three you are interested in, and complete a brief Internship Interest form.
Career Hub Staff will review your application to make sure it highlights you in the best way possible. If anything needs a little strengthening, you will receive a referral to a Coach to work on your materials. If your materials are ready, you will be connected directly to the site contact by email.
Also, if you have received an offer letter for an unpaid internship, it may qualify for the stipend. Send an email with a copy of the acceptance letter to Career Hub Director, Maya Gutierrez firstname.lastname@example.org
Finding internships: you should also speak with your professor and department chair to learn about options available to you in your major, and review the internships in the Career & Professional Development Institute database.
“This resource allowed me to successfully complete my internship as an alcohol and substance abuse counselor at Argus Community without having to worry about how I would pay for food or transportation. I was able to focus all my time and energy into gaining as much experience and knowledge as possible from my internship and left with an even greater excitement to continue serving the substance abusing population.
Summer 2022 Intern
This paid internship was an immense push towards my dreams and goals. As a person from a low-income immigrant background, this opportunity gave me a much-needed break from my part-time work in the hospitality industry and gave me time and finance to pursue my true dream of working at a non-profit contributing to community development. I will forever be grateful for this opportunity.
Spring 2023 - 2023 Intern
The Colin Powell internship stipend is a truly unique resource that changed the course of my life. My internship completely changed my communication skills and gave me the confidence to apply for the Bloomberg Fellowship, and I was accepted!
Summer 2023 Intern
Given my background as a low-income first-generation college student, I learned over time that my shot at someday working for a think tank was very slim. My participation in the Climate Policy fellowship and your financial support put this opportunity within reach.
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If you have an unpaid internship or experiential learning volunteer activity, we may be able to cover a stipend of up to 300 hours (micro-internships also welcome!). Rolling admissions.
Contact Maya Gutierrez: Email. Book a meeting.
The Colin Powell Career Fellows paid internships program was selected for the 2023 Exemplary Models Award by the American Association of University Administrators, a non-profit professional organization for higher education leaders and administrative personnel. This award recognizes outstanding examples of leadership that demonstrate creative solutions to common problems in higher education.
Summer 2022 Intern