Internships are short-term work experiences that allow you to participate and observe in a professional working environment and explore your career interests.
Internships are highly beneficial because you can gain an inside view to an industry and the organization, develop new skills and apply what you learn at BMC, make connections with professionals, and learn more about your interests through practical work experience.
Finding an Internship
There are three ways to find an internship:
- Posted opportunities are those that are searchable on company websites, internship sites, and job posting systems like Handshake. These are advertised openings typically part of an established program.
- Hidden opportunities are not searchable on a job posting site. Networking with friends, family, mentors, and alumnae/I and former employers is the primary way that you can find unadvertised internships.
- Self-Designed opportunities are those created by the student and organization together. Students can approach an organization with a proposal or idea, or offer their skills to this employer of interest. This takes initiative and time, but allows you to collaborate with the organization in designing a project that they need.
Learn more about CPD Resources to search for internships.
Timeline for Internships
Deadlines for internships vary depending on the field. Knowing when and how certain industries recruit will help you to strategize your plan of action. This is helpful if you have specific interests in mind, or help you to anticipate what you may see if you are still unsure of what type of internship you want.
For summer internships: Larger organizations, specifically corporate (most financial services and consulting firms), government agencies, media companies, and large research institutions, will begin to recruit in the fall and early spring for summer internships. Nonprofit organizations and smaller companies will conduct in-time hiring (as needed basis), with deadlines beginning in January and into the summer. The majority of students are notified about summer internship applications in March/early April.
Bryn Mawr offers unique internship and research programs both on and off campus. These opportunities are fully funded by the college and include structured programming:
- Bi-Co Dalun Summer Action Lagim Tehi Tuma
- Center for Peace and Global Citizenship International Partnerships
- Civic Engagement Summer of Service
- LILAC Internship Partnerships
- Summer Research in the Sciences
- Pensby Summer Fellowships
Learn more about these programs.
Funding your Internship
Funding for independently-secured summer internships and some research are available for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors at Bryn Mawr College. Please visit the Summer Funding page to learn about the different grants and fellowships.
Academic Credit for Internships
Some summer internships (usually unpaid) will require students to receive academic credit. Bryn Mawr College does not grant academic credit for summer internships. However, you can receive a transcript notation, which indicates on your official transcript that you completed the internship. Discuss this option with your employer to see if this can satisfy their academic credit requirement. To request a transcript notation, please contact Career and Professional Development (CPD) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic credit is available for academic year internships through the Civic Engagement Praxis Program.
Academic Year Internships
Students interested in academic year internships have the option to participate in the Civic Engagement Praxis Program, an experiential, community-based learning program that integrates theory and practice. Additionally, students can find posted academic year internships in Handshake.