3/22/2021 Alicia Morrissey

Micro-Internships Provide Students With a Competitive Edge

During Franklin & Marshall College’s J-Term, the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSGPD) piloted a new micro-internship program through the True Blue Network.

“Portfolio-building, hands-on experiences are critical to students landing in this COVID-19 labor market,” said Beth Throne, vice president for student and post-graduate development. “We piloted the micro-internship program to provide students across class years with the experience needed to compete for today’s summer and post-graduate opportunities.”

Similar to internships, micro-internships incorporate professional assignments like those given to new hires or interns across fields and sectors. However, unlike traditional internships, micro-internships are short-term; they typically range from five to 80 hours of work and conclude with a completed assignment for the employing organization.

With help and collaboration from F&M alumni, parents and friends of the College, 26 micro-internships were posted to the True Blue Network and 28 students were hired, with some opportunities taking more than one student. Hired students enjoyed responsibilities such as creating and maintaining social media content, conducting a literature review, cleaning up or analyzing data sets, designing a logo or website, supporting fundraising work, and more. 

“The micro-internship has been amazing,” said sophomore Kyle Lanzilotti, whose micro-internship has involved supporting the chief counsel for Family and Gender Violence Policy and Planning for the New York State Office of Court Administration. “Things have gone so well that I will be continuing with the internship during the spring semester.”

Robert DeSantis P’19, P’23 said his experience hosting a micro-internship in education research was excellent. He said his intern, senior Tracy Oguns, met and exceeded his expectations throughout the process.

“Thanks for OSPGD’s help in connecting me with one of F&M’s finest,” he said.

Due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback, OSPGD will be offering the micro-internship program again this summer, June through August. Beginning in March, the OSPGD team will be reaching out to more F&M alumni, parents and friends of the College seeking micro-internship opportunities for students.

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