What are Micro-Internships?
Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable Career Launchers to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right full-time role. Unlike traditional internships, Micro-Internships can take place year-round, typically range from 10 to 40 hours of work, and are due between one week and one month after kick-off. Micro-Internships are used by companies ranging from those in the Fortune 100 to emerging start-ups, and go across departments including sales, marketing, technology, HR, and finance.
Micro-Internships are facilitated via the Parker Dewey platform, which connects Career Launchers with Companies in need of support.
To learn more about Micro-Internships at each college, click on a tile below.
In preparation for launching your career, Micro-Internships provide a tremendous opportunity. Not only can you explore different career paths and work on interesting projects, but you can also demonstrate your abilities to potential employers while building your resume and network. Beyond that, your academic experience will improve as you apply what is taught in the classroom to the real world (and vice versa).
And these experiences are not limited to students with certain GPAs or majors. Since Micro-Internships are low-risk, employers are more willing to look beyond GPA, major, and class year hurdles in offering opportunities to current students and alumni.
Oh, did we forget to mention that you get paid for all of this? If you are hired for a Micro-Internships, you will be paid as an independent contractor. And even better news? Neither DACA nor TPS are required.
For Prospective Employers
Regardless of your role, industry, or organization size, students from Alamo Colleges can help. If you want to expand your recruiting pool to access diverse talent with 21st century skills or improve the effectiveness of your hiring efforts and lower the costs (and risks) associated with onboarding, Micro-Internships make that easy.
If you are an Alamo alumnus and want to find ways to give back, consider posting Micro-Internships within your organization or company. You can share your time and expertise with the Alamo community and show students how their classroom experiences connect to careers. And not only will you help current students and recent graduates gain experience and build valuable networks, but you will also get some work off your to-do list.
And finally, if want to specifically recruit and hire Alamo students for Micro-Internships, make sure to select Alamo Colleges or a specific Alamo College in the “Schools” section on your postings.