Beginning this fall, University Career Services is launching the UCS Micro-Internship Program, which partners with various employers that work with UNC to give short-term internships to students who want to take the next steps to launch their careers.
Micro-internships are paid, professional projects that students may apply for to explore different career paths and gain experience. They provide students the chance to work with companies in different industries, regardless of major.
These micro-internships are open to all UNC students. However, students who lack any career-aligned professional experience, belong to a “special student population” at UNC or participate in a Center for Student Success program will have priority.
UCS defined these “special student populations” as historically marginalized students, under-served student majors and target student populations.
The University has partnered with Parker Dewey for this program, which is a "mission-driven organization dedicated to providing equitable access to professional opportunities," according to its website.
While internships are often limited by the number of opportunities and are less flexible, Kelsey Durham, UCS assistant director for internships and experiential learning, said that micro-internships are easily accessible and do not have a lengthy application process.
Students can use micro-internships as a way to explore careers and roles in companies they might not have otherwise considered.
"If you're finding a micro-internship that aligns with skills that you really want to solidify, or with a certain major that you have, or passions that you have, or a company that you really want to work with, whatever it is, you're getting your foot in the door,” Durham explained.
Companies of all sizes and industries use micro-internships. According to the UCS website, they are prioritizing companies that have projects in business and data analysis, strategy and consulting, project management, digital marketing, sales and business development, customer service and research and design.