Self-Starter Micro-Internships

Students from all majors can execute professional assignments to build and demonstrate skills while exploring a variety of career paths.
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It is a great way to gain interest in your company and show the big picture of what you do.

Gilberto Morales

Biomedical Engineering Major, Class of 2023

I was able to increase my communication skills, interact with people at higher levels, and learn about the newest technology in the field.

UCI Student

Class of 2023

I made a new professional contact through my project manager.

UCI Student

Mechanical Engineering Major, Class of 2023

Posting Micro-Internships can attract motivated and talented individuals who are interested in gaining practical experience and testing the waters in a particular field or industry.

Manuela Midalia Hernandez

Business Administration Major, Class of 2025

For Students & Recent Grads

When you are launching your career, Self-Starter Micro-Internships provide a tremendous opportunity. Not only can you explore different career paths and work on interesting assignments, you can also demonstrate your abilities to potential employers while building your professional portfolio 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). Oh, did we forget to mention that you get paid for all of this? 

Be sure to add UCI ANTrepreneur to the Affiliations section of your profile. If you have questions about this, please contact schools@parkerdewey.com.

International and Undocumented Students can do Self-Starter Micro-Internships, but there are some important steps/considerations to be aware of. Email Corporate Relations Liaison Michelle Foley at avilesm@uci.edu to discuss next steps.

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For Prospective Employers

Regardless of your role, industry, or organization size, students from the UCI ANTrepreneurship Center can help. If you want to expand your recruiting pool to access diverse talent with 21st century skills and the grit to succeed, Self-Starter Micro-Internships make it easy. If you want to improve the effectiveness of your hiring efforts and lower the costs (and risks) associated with onboarding, no problem. If you just need some immediate help on projects because you or your team is overloaded, we’ve got you covered.

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For Alumni

Self-Starter Micro-Internships provide a new way for alumni to connect with current students. Give your time and expertise back to our community while showing students how their classroom experiences connect to careers.

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What are Self-Starter Micro-Internships?

Self-Starter 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, Self-Starter Micro-Internships can take place year-round, typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and are due between one week and one month after kick-off. Self-Starter 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. 

Self-Starter Micro-Internships are facilitated via the Parker Dewey platform, which connects Career Launchers with Companies in need of support.

How it Works

Creating an account takes under 5 minutes - with no additional paperwork required!
Post a project
Companies post paid projects
Career Launchers apply
Students/Grads apply
Review applicants
Companies choose from candidates
Build skills
Students/Grads gain work experience

Example Projects

Click through to view our library of example Self-Starter Micro-Internships to get some ideas.