Get free project support. Give students professional experience.
Need an extra set of hands? Ready to connect with potential candidates? Get support from a college student—at no cost to your organization.
This funded program allows employers nationwide to connect with a diverse population of Connecticut and Florida community college, university, and other post-secondary students. Additionally, the program now includes students and recent graduates from all HBCU's and member institutions of the HSI Career Collaborative!
Through this program, employers can:
- Get on-demand support on projects
- Build relationships with potential hires
- Give back by providing professional opportunities to students
All associated costs, including payments of up to $300 to each Micro-Intern, will be funded by the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation and processed by Parker Dewey.
Note that all projects must be marked complete by the end of March 2024.
Click the project name to customize and post your Micro-Internship.
Please note that sponsored projects are subject to approval.
Identify 20 companies/contacts in a market that you specify. Once identified, the student will provide the company name and contact information for key decision makers.
Research and draft an article/blog on a specific topic that you provide. It will also reference relevant outside sources, and the final product will be carefully edited.
Create a market analysis for an industry that you specify. The student will name existing companies in the space and identify key drivers of success or failure.
Provide a student with a dataset and have them remove duplicates, update outdated records, ensure there is consistent formatting, etc. so that it is ready for you to analyze.
Review and manipulate a data set that you provide. Draft a summary of actionable insights that they have extracted from their analysis.
Using financial, product, and/or other publicly-available data, prepare a report to highlight key KPIs and trends for a target industry or company that you identify.
Have a student create 3-5 short-form videos for Instagram/TikTok on topics you will determine.
Conduct comprehensive user experience testing on the site of one of your competitors and highlight the strengths and weaknesses of their UX.
Identify and review articles that highlight the importance of diversity in organizations, best practices, and challenges for implementation. Summarize key points in a single document.
Provide a job description and have the student identify candidates for that role. The student provides a brief justification on why they selected these candidates and potential questions to use in an interview.
Develop a strategy to engage students at a specific college to drive interest in applying to roles at your organization. Identify metrics that can measure the effectiveness of the campaign.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Micro-Internship is a short-term project that can typically be completed within 10-40 hours and is due within a few days to a few weeks. These projects require no on-boarding and can be completed by a college student with minimal instruction. These are important but low-risk tasks that aren’t the best use of your time.
Micro-Internships are not meant to replace traditional internship programs but rather complement and even supplement them. Due to their short-term nature, Micro-Internships can be used year-round to find on-demand project support while simultaneously allowing you to engage and evaluate potential talent.
Thanks to the generous support of the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation, all 15-hour Micro-Internships that are part of this program is available at no cost to your organization so long as you select a student who has attended or graduated from a postsecondary college or university in Connecticut or Florida, as well as any HBCU and member institutions of the HSI Career Collaborative!
The student receives $300 upon completion of your 15-hour project which is funded by the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation.
If you have a longer project in mind, when posting your project you can adjust the hours and compensation based on your project's needs, and Parker Dewey will invoice you the difference.
In short, it’s easy as Parker Dewey handles it all. No HR burdens. No conversion fees. No questions about ownership or worries about confidentiality.
Employment: Micro-Interns are not your employees, contractors, interns, temps, or freelancers. Similar to working with a consulting firm or any other service provider, you are engaging Parker Dewey LLC to complete the assignment, and each individual you select is a contractor or employee of Parker Dewey. You can still directly interact with them as much or little as you would like, and always have the opportunity to hire them directly without any costs or fees.
Liability: We’re mission-driven and believe in the power of creating opportunities. That said, we take on all the liability. Not happy with the work product? We’ll give you a full refund or find an alternate Career Launcher.
Work Product: All work product is owned by you.
Confidentiality: While most projects involve public-facing information of a non-sensitive nature, both Parker Dewey and all Career Launchers sign strict NDAs to protect your information. In addition to the standard provisions, the students understand that they are risking their academic transcript or expulsion for any violation of confidentiality.
Background Checks: Given the short-term nature and structure of these assignments, we do not conduct background checks. While companies are always welcome to conduct a background check directly, the nature of the specific assignments and lack of a direct relationship with the individual who is selected has caused most organizations to defer the background check until after a Micro-Internship is completed and a student is offered a traditional internship or full-time role.
Micro-Internships can be either on-site or virtual, depending on the specific requirements of the project. We typically suggest remote, as this provides more flexibility and accessibility.
The best Micro-Internships do not require hands-on management to be completed. Career Launchers on Parker Dewey have core skills and are highly motivated to exceed expectations. During the Micro-Internship, the project manager—whether a hiring manager, team lead, or another employee—can engage the student however is best including email, Zoom, etc.
Thank you for your interest! To get started, click here to create a free account on Parker Dewey. It takes less than 5 minutes to create your profile, and you can see the Micro-Internships that are currently available.
The Frederick A. DeLuca Micro-Internship Program is designed to serve as a bridge to future employment opportunities and may help your organization find its next great hire, or just help you get support now! To connect with our team, complete the form.