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2014 Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Internship Program

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION & APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications are due Tuesday, March 25 at 12:00 noon

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce an internship program to support students interested in working at start-ups and entrepreneurial ventures.  Exposure to real-world startups and small businesses is a valuable experience for students. It expands students’ view of entrepreneurship from an abstract concept to a real-world experience, and for many it triggers their entrepreneurial spirit.  This program hopes to help meet the demand of students who are excited, engaged and curious to know more about the startup community and thinking about pursuing a career in the startup space.  It gives students the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills by accelerating the advancement of the host company.

Starting 2014, all application materials must be submitted to FluidReview.com (see “Application Materials” below for details).

This program is competitive and will award a select number of students up to $4,000 to help subsidize their living and moving expenses over the summer while engaged in full-time employment at a start up.* Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. All participants are required to complete the requirements of INT 199, Internships, for at least ½ academic credit.

 * This program is not designed for students initiating their own ventures (the CIE and Kravis Leadership Institute sponsor another program for that purpose—the CIE/KLI Fellows Program, which provides financial support and office space over the summer months).  Applications for that program are available on the CIE and KLI websites, or contact cie@cmc.edu or Neela.rajendra@cmc.edu  

Eligibility/Requirements:

  • Freshman, sophomores, and  juniors are eligible to apply
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 8.5 and be in good standing with the College as verified by the Dean of Students Office.
  • Internships must be for at least eight-weeks and 200 hours.
  • Internships should be with a non-profit or for-profit early stage company, in any field, and  located anywhere in the United States or in one’s home country (if an international student).
  • Internships should provide the CMC student significant opportunity to contribute to the success of the host company while developing her/his entrepreneurial skill set.
  • The sponsoring agency may have a religious affiliation provided that the services rendered are secular and open to the entire community.
  • Recipients who fail to complete the internship and required coursework may be required to return all or part of their award. 

Selection:

The Selection Committee will evaluate the following, among other considerations, before making final selections:

  • Quality of the internship/internship responsibilities
  • Rationale for pursuing the internship
  • Amount of exposure to the entrepreneurial dynamics of the organization
  • Recommendation
  • Interview

Application Materials:

The materials below must be submitted through the Sponsored Internship portal on FluidReview.com, an online application and selection website.  After creating an account, applicants will complete all required forms on and upload all required documents to FluidReview.  Materials should not be submitted in hardcopy or via email.  The application portal, a link to which will be posted on the Sponsored Internship homepage, will open January 28, 2014.

Domestic Application Form

  • Resume, which must be reviewed by a Career Consultant (CC) before being submitted.  CCs are available on a drop-in basis from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in Career Services.  Please allow time to incorporate the CC’s recommendations into your resume.
  • One recommendation submitted via FluidReview.com.  Please request your recommendation through FluidReview.com to ensure it is included with your application.
  • Letter confirming your internship from the sponsoring organization (on letterhead with a signature) OR correspondence with the organization and an explanation of why the internship isn’t confirmed
  • Descriptive/background Information on the sponsoring company/organization (which may be printed from the organization’s website)
  • Unofficial Transcript, which you may obtain from CMC’s  student portal or Registrar’s Office
  • Essay Questions.

Note:  The essays constitute the heart of your application, where the Committee gets to know you, your motivation for pursuing your project, and how your project relates to your future goals.  As such, you should take great care when composing your responses, answer each question thoroughly, and present a compelling and polished case for why your project deserves support.

  1. Describe your host organization and your internship (what they do and what you’ll do for them).
  2. How did you find this internship?
  3. Why are you interested in working for this start-up?
  4. What skills will you bring to this internship to make a contribution?
  5. How do you expect this internship to most challenge and impact you?
  6. What is the relationship of your internship proposal to your major and career goals?

Note: Applications will not be reviewed until all of the

above materials have been submitted to FluidReview.com.

 

 

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