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For credit-bearing internships, Grinnell is unique in that students receive credit based on the academic work completed outside the onsite work hours at the internship organization, not on the number of hours worked at the internship. Students may choose to receive two or four...
Members of the CLS staff work individually with students, drawing upon assessment instruments such as FOCUS2, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and StrengthsQuest to help them achieve a sense of self-awareness and plan strategies toward personal and professional fulfillment....
This may be the first time you will be searching for your own housing and living on your own away from family and Grinnell. Whether you are getting paid by your internship organization, receiving a College stipend, or you are using your savings, you may be wondering how you will...
Summer Business Scholars Program | Booth School of Business In collaboration with the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, the Center for Careers, Life, and Service will be awarding two scholarships to send two current Grinnell students to Booth's Summer Business...
Students at all stages of their collegiate careers can benefit from career exploration; you can benefit even if you feel you’re certain of your major or career path. Core elements of career exploration include examining and reflecting on yourself, understanding the world of work...
We want to assure you the Center for Careers, Life, and Service is available to all students, first-year through seniors, as well as alumni, and to stress how important career preparation is to the success of your student. It is never too early for students to take the...
Securing an internship is an extensive process with many facets, but always worth it in the end. The good news is that you don’t have to navigate this process on your own. The four methods of finding an internship are outlined below. Be sure to diversify your search among these...
Current first-, second-, or third-year students may apply for competitive funding for unpaid summer internships to offset the costs of food, transportation, and housing of an 8- to 10-week, full-time summer internship, provided they have your internship secured at the time of...
The Grinnellink internship program offers summer internship opportunities that have a connection with College alumnus and/or friends of the college. Grinnellink internships provide Grinnell College students with quality experiences to build on their academic background, develop...
CLS Interns greet and assist students with office resources, provide résumé and cover letter reviews for students, participate in special office events, including Grinnellink receptions, staff CLS Express outreach tables, Present study breaks and other outreach presentations in...
Thinking About Your Transferable Skills There are two categories of skills which you can gain through your experiences: hard skills and soft skills. Hard skills are technical, industry-specific skills such as C++, lab equipment operation, or grant writing. In contrast, soft...
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The Center for Careers, Life, and Service, in collaboration with Institutional Research, conducts an annual survey of graduating seniors regarding their post-graduation plans. The data from those surveys have been compiled into the Post-Graduation Status Reports linked below....
Fully preparing for your internship in advance and taking time to reflect on your internship at its conclusion can maximize the impact of the experience on your life and career. We encourage you to make time for these important “before and after” activities: Preparation:...
How does this program work? CLS matches first- and second-year students with alumni job shadow supervisors. Students stay three to five days with the alumnus/a and observe him/her at work as a method to not only further understand that career field but how that career fits into...
Whether you’re interested in identifying your strengths, launching your career, serving the community, or pursuing post-graduate study, Grinnell’s Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) is here to help. You can meet with CLS staff to discuss career planning; identify...

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  One of the Center for Careers, Life, and Service’s (CLS) newest Grinnellink internships is with Team Rubicon. Team Rubicon's co-founders, Jacob Wood and William McNulty, received the Grinnell Prize in 2012. This summer 2014 internship is open to all current students interested...
Taking part in an internship is one of the most accurate ways to experience the postgraduate world before it becomes your permanent home. Grinnellink internships offer Grinnellians — and only Grinnellians — the chance to try life after college on for size. These fully funded,...
Karnika Arora ’18 was so keen to get a summer internship in the U.S. after her first year at Grinnell that she walked into the Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) her second week on campus. Finding an Internship The CLS helps students with a variety of job and internship...

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Students pursue internships at Grinnell to enhance their skill sets, assess their strengths, begin building networks, and apply their classroom knowledge in real-world settings. Internship opportunities can be pursued during the academic year or during the summer, with or...