Each year, Grinnell partners with Grinnell Prize award winners to offer internships with some of the best young social entrepreneurs.
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 be able to effectively manage your finances to ensure that you can cover your expenses throughout your entire internship. Below are online resources to help you secure summer housing as well as some basic budgeting tips provided by the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG).
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:
No Grinnell College academic major or concentration requires an internship as a part of its coursework. Most Grinnell students do not receive academic credit for their internships. Students who do pursue credit-bearing internships typically have specific reasons for doing so, including:
• Academic credit is highly encouraged for a concentration (e.g. Global Development Studies or Technology Studies);
• The student has an F-1 visa and is getting paid, so therefore needs academic credit for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) work authorization;
Currently enrolled full-time first-, second-, or third-year students in good academic standing may apply for College funding to offset the costs of an 8- to 10-week, full-time summer internship, provided you have your internship secured at the time of application. These funding opportunities are competitive and look for clarity in presentation, support from the sponsoring organization/agency/business, academic preparation, and a link to the applicant’s interest.
GRINNELLINK internships are specific opportunities with College alumni and friends and are open exclusively to Grinnell students. These opportunities are competitive and provide funding or wages to student participants. Internship sites change from year to year and may include opportunities in museum studies, art and design, environmental issues, healthcare, social services, biotechnology, financial equity analysis research, and legal services on constitutional issues, to name a few.
Students may only apply for one GRINNELLINK internship each summer.
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 four methods, and apply for multiple internship opportunities to ensure that you ultimately end up with an internship that you enjoy. Having many internship offers is ideal and allows you to pick your top choice.
Internships offer you opportunities to integrate classroom theory with career-related professional work experience. Internships are especially important for liberal arts students because they provide the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in a professional setting. The Center for Careers, Life and Service (CLS) staff is here to help you navigate the process. We can answer your questions and connect you with resources to help you find internship opportunities that can position you well for a meaningful life after Grinnell.
The mission of the Center for Careers, Life, and Service is to empower students and alumni to live, learn, and work with meaning and purpose.