Pursuing an internship can help you assess, improve, and acquire skills and strengths; develop meaningful connections; and apply your classroom knowledge to real-world problems. Internships provide students with deepened, more sophisticated perspectives and understandings of different professional pathways (and trajectories) and the organizations where these experiences occur. In addition, employers and graduate programs routinely review your experiential background as an indicator of your readiness for work or advanced study. Internships are a powerful way for you to develop a portfolio of experiences to ensure you are a competitive candidate!

At Grinnell, you can pursue internship opportunities with or without academic credit. To get started on securing your next internship, meet with your CLS adviser by scheduling an appointment on Handshake to discuss internship search strategies, resume and cover letter writing, and practice interviews. Additional internship search resources and guides are also available on GrinnellShare.

Grinnellink Internship Program

The Grinnellink Internship Program offers over 100 summer internships annually. Grinnellink internships are opportunities connected to a Grinnell alum or friend of the college. Internship sites include opportunities in art and design, biotechnology, environmental issues, financial analysis, healthcare, legal services, museums, nonprofit management, social services, and many more. Grinnellink internships build upon your academic background, helping you develop professional skills and confidence while engaging in career exploration. Although there are many valuable internship opportunities available to college students, Grinnellink internships provide unique opportunities to develop and expand your network to include alumni and other professionals.

  • Google (Mountain View, CA)
  • Synedgen (Claremont, CA)
  • MasterCard (St. Louis, MO)
  • Goldman Sachs (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • American Civil Liberties Union (Lincoln, NE)
  • TIAA (New York, NY)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Center for Constitutional Rights (New York, NY)
  • Chicago’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Chicago, IL)
  • Nationwide Insurance (Des Moines, IA)
  • United States Embassy of Chile (South America)
  • Northwest Film Forum (Seattle, WA)
  • Kaibab National Forest (Williams, AZ)
  • The Coca-Cola Company (Tokyo, Japan)
  • And many more

During the summer of 2018, Grinnellians interned in 24 states and 19 countries around the globe:

Map of internship locations

Funding Your Summer Internship

Each year the CLS awards over $300,000 in internship funding to current first-, second-, and third-year students. Students who secure unpaid or underpaid internships are eligible to apply for funding to offset the costs of food, transportation, and housing for an 8- to 10-week, full-time internship over the summer. 

Funding opportunities are competitive.  The application process requires clarity in presentation, documented support from the sponsoring organization, academic preparation, and a connection to the applicant’s interests and goals. They also call for well-defined responsibilities and a clear fit within the specific funding criteria. 

Additional information about internship funding is available on GrinnellShare (secure login required).


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