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Micro-internships: Add that extra weight to your resume

Pep up your resume with these short-term, paid and remote professional projects

With the world being so dynamic and impending competition from peers, it always pays to have some extra experience on your resume. While full-fledged internships and co-ops are quite popular, micro-internships are another avenue that you can explore to gain relevant and focussed experience in a short duration of time. 

What is micro-internship?

Micro-Internships are short-term, project-based assignments (similar to internships) where students can collaborate with employers and/or university’s alumni on projects such as research, data analysis, software development, etc. to gain access to some hands-on training while studying. It is a great learning opportunity and enables students to explore different careers options, foster mentoring relationships and expand their professional network. Many institutions like Rowan University, University of South Florida, University of Massachusetts -AmherstAustralian Catholic University, etc. offer the same to their students to enhance their study experience. 

Micro-Internships

As a student you can find micro-internships across streams, including sales, strategy, human resources, research, marketing, operational support, finance and accounting. 

  • Duration: Micro-internships span for approx. two to four weeks and 10-35 hours per week; however, the terms are flexible and based on the nature of work 

  • Terms: The terms of these internships are generally flexible and negotiable 

  • Resources: While employers and alumni try to provide for additional support and supplies that students may require to complete the experience such as laptop, printers, and internet connectivity. This is again subjective to the nature of work

  • Remuneration: Micro-internships are mostly paid work. If it is unpaid, then the hosts are expected to cover the intern's local travel expenses if any (it should be stated in the contract). Currently, they are virtual, so it saves the travelling hassle 

  • Eligibility: Off-campus micro-internships are open to all students. However, for on-campus, you need to visit your institutions’ website or contact the placement cell. As an international student, you’ll be eligible only through CPT, OPT or a work visa

  • Academic credits: Employers can, at a later stage share the data with your institution for credit consideration

While at work, your tasks will usually include work shadowing, offering professional insight for efficient working and regular activities at your host organisation such as attending meetings and participating with day-to-day discussions or observing an assignment or process. 

But there is a huge difference between micro-internships and other experiential learning programs (such as externships, co-ops and other options). Here are some main differences: 

Basis

Micro-internships

Other experiential learning programs

Flexibility

Flexible and negotiable terms

Limited flexibility as terms are pre-decided

Duration

Short-term programs. Typically range between two to four weeks

Scheduled for at least 10 weeks. Generally timed around the academic calendar

Guidance

Limited guidance as the work is assignment-based

Guidance throughout the internship period

Payment

These are generally paid

These can be paid/unpaid, but are mostly essential for completion of the program


Micro-internships are a great way to add that extra weight to your resume. If you are studying remotely, reach out to the concerned department at your institution and check if you can use this as an extra academic credit. You never know, you might land at a dream project or find a future employer. Best of luck!

Updated on November 20, 2020

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