The below projects are all templated for the DeLuca program, meaning 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. Clicking on the project title will take you to the Parker Dewey platform where you can customize and post your Micro-Internship.
When you have content ideas but no time for the first pass, look to the research and writing skills of college students.
Have a student create 3-5 short-form videos for Instagram/TikTok on topics you will determine.
Get help from a college student or recent grad to identify and research prospective candidates that are qualified for one or more of your open roles.
Conduct comprehensive user experience testing on the site of one of your competitors and highlight the strengths and weaknesses of their UX.
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.
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.
Provide a student with a dataset and have them remove duplicates, update outdated records, ensure there is consistent formatting, etc.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.
How it Works
I know that I am getting bright, intellectually curious, and motivated talent. I also find it personally fulfilling to give back to my school in the form of mentorship and capability-building in a live work setting. It's a rare opportunity to create "wins" for my company, the school, the students, and myself!
Sr VP of Strategy & Business Development,
While we were focused on just getting some help on a project, we quickly realized that the student was incredible, and ultimately hired her as a summer intern. We saw her work ethic and skills, and got an inside track on hiring her.
Director of Technology & Civic Innovation
I like that there's no commitment. I posted a project to see who would apply, and now I have some amazing college students and recent graduates helping me.
Head of Employee Success,
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.
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.
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 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.
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 project manager will be a member of your team, whether that be a hiring manager, team lead, or another employee. At the start of the project, they will clarify specific expectations and share the information/materials necessary for your Micro-Intern to complete the project. From there, they can engage the student in whatever way works best, whether that be email, Zoom, etc. Because Career Launchers on Parker Dewey have core skills and are highly motivated to exceed expectations, they require minimal management.
Our Client Program team is dedicated to making sure that it's as easy to hire one Micro-Intern as it is to hire 100. Contact us to learn more about Micro-Internship programs.