Micro-Internships

Decorative: "Microinternships

 

A. "How 'Micro-Internships' Could Make All Types of Students More Employable" (post) outlines what "micro-internships" are and how they could be used more widely for a broader group of students.

1. What Are "Micro-Internships"?

  • "[S]hort-term projects [posted by employers that] they'd like a student or recent graduate to tackle — for pay. Think: TaskRabbit goes to college."
  • "[E]mployers ... recognize that the projects are ...learning experiences for the students ...evaluate the students' work, and ... shar[e] that feedback with its partner colleges." 
  • They are "a way to democratize th[e] process ... [of] ... giv[ing] [students] ... experience and exposure to the kinds of tasks they're likely to encounter in entry-level posts" and also "expose companies to a more diverse pool of potential hires in a low-risk setting."

2. Who Could Benefit?

  • "[S]tudents whose life circumstances don't allow them the luxury of relocating for a cool opportunity or taking on the equivalent of a second job, not to mention the students who lack the connections to land one"
  • "[S]tudents, especially adults, [who] can fit them into their busy lives"

3. Four Models

a. In "Parker Dewey's model ..., [e]mployers post a job, with the price they're offering to pay." 

  • "Typically the jobs pay $20 to $25 per hour, take from five to 40 hours to complete, and can be done remotely."
  • "Students bid for the jobs by writing a short application."
  • "Parker Dewey takes 10 percent of the total fee for itself."

b. "Northeastern University's Experience Network, or XN, is a variation on the theme."

  • "[S]tudents remotely undertake six-to-eight-week projects for employers."
  • "The work is unpaid (Northeastern officials feared requiring payment would deter employers from participating), but typically it counts toward a class requirement or direct credit."

c. "Stanford University's Design Summer"

  • "[S]tudents spend the academic year identifying and designing a series of projects they'll take on with employers over the summer, is in the same vein, albeit on a much smaller scale."

d. "The Microinternship Programme" (Oxford)

  • "What are micro-internships?", "What will I do?", "Why do a micro-internship?"
  • "Applying for a micro-internship," "Frequently asked questions"
  • "Accommodation during micro-internship," "Preparing for your placement"

B. "Microinternship" (web page) describes "short-term placements with an employer, generally with a maximum duration of 30 days, that commonly focus on the completion of a short, clearly defined project created by the host organization."

  • "Because placements are generally shorter than a traditional internship, microinternships offer a level of convenience and accessibility to organizations that might not ordinarily be in a position to support a traditional internship."

1. Learning and Development Outcomes

  • "The learning outcomes for this type of placement are typically determined based upon the length of the project, nature of the project, and the deliverables sought by the employer."

2. Format Options

  • "The format of a microinternship varies greatly depending on the project and the employer. Most placements fall within a 2-30 day range."

3. Specific Activities Covered

  • "Activities involved with a microinternship can vary widely depending on the scope of the project."
  • "Examples of microinternship projects include developing a social media presence for a company, reviewing communications, revising the organization’s website, undertaking short surveys, or completing a short-term research project."

4. Benefits to Employer

  • "Completed short-term project or 'deliverable' for employer"
  • "Spurring of interest in a particular industry among future generations of employees"
  • "Development of a potential pipeline of candidates from qualified applicants"
  • "Marketing and name recognition among the area community as well as local colleges and universities"
  • "An opportunity to collect new perspectives and ideas from students regarding processes, organizational branding, and more"

5. Benefits to Students

  • "Explore a particular industry, career, or employer site"
  • "Gather information on an industry culture, lifestyle, norms, and expectations"
  • "Industry-specific experience"
  • "Resume development"
  • "Professional development"
  • "Networking and “face-time” with potential employers"
  • "Expert insights regarding strengths, challenges, and potential career trajectories in a particular field"
  • "A shorter-term, more flexible opportunity to gain experience than a traditional internship"

6. Compensation

  • "Microinternships should be equitably paid based on hours worked and typically do not qualify for academic credit."

7. Evaluation Process

  • "A Student Portfolio"
  • "Presentation of Completed Deliverables"
  • "Student Performance Evaluation"
  • "Survey of the Student Experience"
  • "Survey of the Employer Experience"
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