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Students and recent grads from all majors can execute professional assignments to build and demonstrate skills while exploring a variety of career paths.
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Students/Career Launchers

When you are launching your career, Micro-Internships can help you explore different career paths and gain valuable work experience. This is your opportunity to work on interesting assignments and 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?

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DACA Students

Current students and alumni do not need to have DACA or TPS to apply to Micro-Internships.  All Micro-Internships are structured as independent contract work, which means successful applicants would be hired by Parker Dewey as independent contractors.  Any students needing assistance may contact the Stan State Undocumented Student Services office at (209) 667-3519 or


You may use your work authorization or a valid ITIN to be paid as an independent contractor.

You may already have an ITIN if your parents ever filed incomes taxes and claimed you as a dependent. You can find out if you have an ITIN in your parents’ tax forms.

If you have an ITIN, make sure to find out if it has expired. If it has, you will need to renew it. Find information on ITIN expiration and renewal here: IRS.

If you do not have an ITIN, you can learn how to obtain one here: ITIN Guide or Independent Contractor Forms video from Immigrants Rising.

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International Students

International students are strongly advised to contact the Stan State Office of International Education at regarding information on getting work authorization to ensure compliance with internship requirements and international student federal regulations.

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Prospective Employers

Regardless of your role, industry, or organization size, students and alumni from Stanislaus State can help.  If you want to expand your recruiting pool to access diverse talent with 21st century skills and improve the effectiveness of your hiring efforts while lowering the costs (and risks) associated with onboarding, Micro-Internships make it easy. Or if you just need immediate help on projects because you or your team is overloaded, we’ve got you covered.

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Alumni Engagement

Micro-Internships provide a new way for alumni to connect with current Stan State students and recent grads. 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 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 5 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.

Can't find what you're looking for? Or need additional assistance? Access your Handshake account to explore more internship and other employment opportunities or schedule an appointment with a career coach. 

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
Career Launchers apply
Review applicants
Companies choose from candidates
Build skills
Career Launchers gain work experience

Example Projects

Click through to view our library of completed Micro-Internships to get some ideas.