An internship is a pre-professional work experience that may be related to a student's major or career goals. Internships may take place over one semester or for a customized period of time. They may be paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time.
An ideal internship is one that reflects a partnership among the sponsoring organization, the student and Case Western Reserve University.
Finding an internship
The internship search can be a daunting process. You might be wondering “Where do I even begin?” We’ve got you covered with a number of resources to help you navigate the internship search.
- Explore your career interests and the available resources broken down by interest area. Each career interest area page has specific sources for internships.
- Consider opportunities and funding sources listed in the Experiential Education database
- Log in to My Career and explore the many online career resources available to you
- For example, the many industry-specific Vault Internship Guides
- Review our tips for job seekers for details about cover letters, resumes and networking
- Visit the Career Lab to gain expert advice from our career consulting interns. They’ve already navigated the internship search and are happy to share their story.
- Schedule an appointment with a member of our team to discuss your search strategy
Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education periodically makes funding available for students who receive an unpaid internship, pursue a project-based opportunity or engage in substantive experiential learning over the summer. The funding is designed to enable students from all majors and economic backgrounds to participate in meaningful work and build skills through hands-on learning.
Details change each year, so consult the Summer Funding webpage for up-to-date information for the current year.
CWRU Partnerships and Programs
Case Western Reserve has several partnerships and programs that have connected many students with impactful internship experiences.
Humanities @ Work
The Humanities@Work program connects Case Western Reserve University humanities students with corporate, government, nonprofit and other partners through community discussions, networking events and paid career opportunities (internship, practicum, etc.).
Humanities@Work is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and in collaboration with the Office of Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education, the Office of Corporate Relations and the Office of Government and Community Relations.
Paragon One Externships
Case Western Reserve University partners with Paragon One to offer CWRU students exclusive access to their 8-week Remote Externship program. Remote Externships are short-term, project-based professional experiences that allow for skill development, networking and industry exploration.
How do Remote Externships work?
- Every Remote Externship is 6 to 8 weeks long and requires 10 to 15 hours of work each week.
- Remote Externships are self-paced and include online video and written training that teach and explain key skills. No prior experience is required.
- You’ll be assigned a manager to help you get started and guide you through your program.
- Weekly meetings with your manager and peers will help keep you on track and complete quality work.
- Bi-weekly company meetings will be held for you to learn more about the company and its related industry.
- Remote Externships are available to ALL Case Western Reserve University students!
2021 Program Details
- There are 50 Remote Externships reserved for interested CWRU students
- Review available externships and apply using the CWRU referral link.
Parker Dewey Micro-Internships
Parker Dewey is an online platform that connects you with short-term, professional, paid work experiences through micro-internships which can be completed remotely.
Through micro-internships, you can demonstrate your skills, explore career paths, and develop your professional networks. These paid opportunities typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and you can be selected for multiple micro-internships.
New micro-internship opportunities are being posted daily. Follow these steps to get started:
- Create an account at info.parkerdewey.com/cwru
- Fill out your profile as completely as possible
- Review available micro-internship projects
- Apply to projects of interest
- Continue to check the platform regularly for new opportunities
Remote Entrepreneurship Project Program
The Remote Entrepreneurship Project (REP) Program was created by the Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship and Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education in response to the delays or disruptions many Case Western Reserve University students experienced to their planned summer jobs and internships as a consequence of COVID-19.
Students commit a minimum of 10 hours of work per week, for about six weeks and are compensated with a $500 stipend.
Visit the Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship website for details about the next program cycle.
Summer on the Cuyahoga
Summer on the Cuyahoga is a unique summer internship program open to students of CWRU, Colgate, Cornell, Ohio Wesleyan University, Denison, Oberlin, Smith and University of Chicago. The program brings together 75 to 90 students for an intensive summer immersion program designed to help interns explore the professional, civic and social offerings of the Cleveland area. SOTC offers students challenging internships, community introductions, alumni connections and group housing for the summer. Students accepted into the program enroll their experience in the Practicum Program (fee waived).