Kansas Micro-Internship Program
How it Works
What a Micro-Intern Can Do for You
You can have any of these projects completed by an undergraduate student enrolled in a 2 or 4-year public college or university in Kansas. Click a project below to customize and post your Micro-Internship on the Parker Dewey platform.
Compile contact information for 25 companies/contacts that fall under your ideal customer profile.
Update the copy, images, colors, etc. of your organization's website.
Create a market analysis for your industry including growth strategies and competitors.
Remove duplicates, update outdated records, ensure there is consistent formatting, etc. for an existing dataset.
Social Media Content Calendar
Create a social media content calendar with multiple posts per day/week for your various channels.
Identify candidates who would be a good fit for an open position as well as potential interview questions.
Diversity Best Practices
Develop a manual that highlights the importance of diversity, best practices, and potential challenges.
Research and draft an article on a specific topic referencing outside sources and editing the final product.
Email Marketing Campaign
Develop a series of emails to help promote an upcoming initiative.
Extracting Insights from Data
Review a data set and provide a summary of actionable insights.
KPI and Trends Report
Using various external sources, prepare a report to highlight key KPIs and trends.
Post a Custom Project
Click on the arrow below to create your own project. If you need help, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program seeks to help better serve Kansas families, Kansas businesses, and the state's economic prosperity.
Tim Peterson, Ph.D.
Senior Project Director
Kansas Board of Regents
We were so impressed with the student and with the Micro-Internship program; especially how easy it is to use.
Deja Coffin, HR Assistant
SEKISUI XenoTech, LLC
Kansas City, KS
I don’t have to bring someone on and find out that it didn’t work. It worked, and I went back and rehired her because it worked.
Stephanie Sharp, Owner
It’s giving us college students a chance to show you what we can do.
Class of 2023
Colby Community College / Fort Hayes State University
I’ve been able to help local businesses that might otherwise not have had the resources to hire an intern. Working with the nonprofits has been especially rewarding.
Class of 2024
Kansas State University
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 Strada Education Network, DeBruce Foundation, Kansas Board of Regents and Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas-based organizations can receive their first two projects (up to $500 each) at no cost to your organization so long as you select an undergraduate student who attending a public college or university in Kansas. A $500 project typically implies between 20 and 25 hours of work by the student.
The student receives their payment from Parker Dewey upon completion of your project through funding provided by the program sponsors.
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.
- Log back into the Parker Dewey platform by clicking this link. If you do not remember your password, click on "Forgot password? Reset it" button.
- Once you log in, click on Details underneath your project. Then select View Applicants.
- Click Details next to each student to read more about each student's background and his/her answers to your application question(s).
- Once you have made your selection, you can select Approve Applicant for This Project. If you want to send your student a message you can click Send Them a Message! to set up a time to do an interview or ask the student for more information.
- Communication: You and the student should schedule a kickoff conversation via phone, Zoom/Skype, etc. During this conversation, you can discuss how you want the student to communicate with you for the rest of the project.
- Define Project and Expectations: You will define the project, specifying the duration of the project. The student will confirm they understand the necessary tasks and action steps.
- Set Check-Ins: You and the student will communicate to discuss questions or challenges of the project. You and the student will mutually agree upon frequency/schedule of check-ins.
- Review: The project supervisor will review the project upon completion and offer feedback to the student.
The Kansas Micro-Internship Program is designed to support Kansas-based organizations and highly-motivated Kansas college students.
Micro-Internship projects 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!
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