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Summer 2016 Louisville Metro Government interns in the Yale-coordinated Internships Program.

The Yale-coordinated Domestic Internships Program

There are several programs that constitute the Yale Domestic Internships Programs, including the Bulldogs Across America programs outlined below, as well as the Paul Block Journalism Internships, the Yale Alumni Community Service Fellowships, the William F. Buckley Jr. Internships, and the Women in Government Fellowship. These programs are all coordinated by Yale and offer Yale College students the opportunity to work for 8-10 weeks over the summer.  The Office of Career Strategy partners with regional and local Yale Alumni Clubs (where possible) to provide students with summer internships in a number of domestic cities.  These locations offer internships in a variety of career fields, including the arts, politics, global health, STEM, community advocacy, “think tanks”, finance, journalism, and law.  Some locations provide students housing for the duration of the experience and the opportunity to work with local alumni who serve as mentors and in-city support throughout their internship. There are both paid and unpaid internships.

Students in a Yale-coordinated Domestic Internship benefit from full immersion in a professional environment.  This allows students to explore and pursue career goals while learning hard skills and industry-specific knowledge. The Office of Career Strategy promotes professional growth before, during, and after the internship.  Attending a Pre-departure Orientation, submitting a reflection, and participating in a Re-entry Workshop are key components of the Domestic Internship Program. Some of the Yale Domestic Internships Programs provide students with access to a variety of Yale Summer Events.  In these instances, the Yale Clubs in programs’ locations work to provide visiting students with mentoring, events, and activities that will complement their professional experience and independently impact their time in the area.  Please reach out to each program’s City Leader (if applicable. See the City Leader section for further details) or contact the city’s alumni club to inquire further about these events.

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Locations, Housing, and Progra‚Äčm Fees

Yale Alumni Clubs in Denver, Louisville, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and St. Louis have sponsored housing options available to student interns. Payment for housing may be covered by the employer or the alumni club, but is not guaranteed. In some instances, housing costs will be paid by the Alumni Club. In other instances, the employer will directly provide the student with money as part of their stipend that is intended to cover housing. Please reach out to the City Leader in your city/cities of interest for pricing and other information. Students in the Houston program are responsible for securing their own housing for the summer.

Most of these programs include a program fee (detailed by city below), which will be charged to the student via Bursar billing. 

FAQ: Denver, CO - Bulldogs in the Rockies

City Leader: Howard Holme

Students are responsible for paying a $300 program fee (paid via Bursar billing) to participate in this program.  Otherwise known as “Colorado Leaders, Interns, Mentors In Business (CLIMB)," Yale students in Denver participate in a consortium with Harvard, Middlebury, MIT, Stanford, Brown, Denison, and Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering for an intensive summer immersion program designed to help interns explore the professional, civic, social, and unique outdoor offers of the greater Denver area. You can view internships in this location by searching for Denver, Colorado or keyword “Bulldogs in the Rockies” in your Yale Career Link. Housing is offered through the Campus Village at Auraria. The Office of Career Strategy will contact students regarding housing once they have accepted an offer from an employer. Space is limited!

FAQ: Houston, TX - Bulldogs by the Bayou

City Leaders: Zahid Lalani

Students are responsible for paying a $300 program fee (paid via Bursar billing) to participate in this program. This program provides Yale College students with the experience of spending the summer in Houston, Texas. This program introduces Yale students to the assets and leadership of the Houston community and provides benefits to local employers and the Houston community as a whole. Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S., and second only to New York City in the number of Fortune 500 companies headquartered within city limits. You can view internships in this area by searching for Houston, Texas or keyword “Bulldogs by the Bayou” in your Yale Career Link. Yale-coordinated housing is not available in Houston, so students in this program are responsible for securing their own housing for the summer. 

FAQ: Louisville, KY - Bulldogs in the Bluegrass

City Leader: Rowan Claypool

Students are responsible for paying a $300 program fee (paid via Bursar billing) to participate in this program.  This program provides Yale College students with the experience of working and living during the summer in Louisville, Kentucky. This opportunity brings Yalies together for life-long friendships, connects students to the local Yale community, and provides community networking with all the best that Louisville has to offer.  You can view internships in this area by searching for Louisville, Kentucky or keyword “Bulldogs in the Bluegrass” in your Yale Career Link. Group housing is available at Bellarmine University. The Office of Career Strategy will contact students regarding housing once they have accepted an offer from an employer. Space is limited! 

FAQ: Minneapolis, MN - Bulldogs on the Lakes

City Leader: Bill Messinger

Students are responsible for paying a $500 program fee (paid via Bursar billing) to participate in this program. This program provides Yale College students with the opportunity to work and live in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota during the summer. Almost all interns are employed in nonprofit or public service related positions. The program’s focus on nonprofit opportunities stems from a belief that undergraduate education should include “hands-on” experience in this important sector of society. You can view internships in this area by searching for Minneapolis, Minnesota or keyword “Bulldogs on the Lakes” in your Yale Career Link. Group housing is available at the University of Minnesota. The City Leader will contact students regarding housing once they have accepted an offer from an employer. Space is limited! Additional information regarding the program can be found online at http://bulldogsonthelakes.org/

FAQ: New Orleans, LA - Bulldogs in the Big Easy

City Leaders: Beau Babst, Vic Chandhok

Students are responsible for paying a $300 - $800 program fee (depending on employer and paid via Bursar billing) to participate in this program. This program provides Yale College students with the experience of working and living during the summer in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a summer spent in New Orleans at this crucial juncture in its rebuilding process, involvement in this program means you will be involved in changing the face of this city for decades to come, while also being afforded the opportunity to spend time in one of America’s most unique metropolitan areas. You can view internships  in this location by searching for New Orleans, Louisiana or keyword “Bulldogs in the Big Easy” in your Yale Career Link. Group housing is available at Loyola University. The Office of Career Strategy will contact students regarding housing once they have accepted an offer from an employer. Space is limited!

FAQ: St. Louis, MO - Bulldogs by the Big Muddy

City Leader: Ted Fouke

Students are responsible for paying a $300 program fee (paid via Bursar billing) to participate in this program. This program provides Yale College students with the experience of working and living during the summer in St. Louis, Missouri. An area rich in cultural diversity, stunning architecture, and myriad events, St. Louis provides endless opportunity. You can view internships in this area by searching for St. Louis, Missouri or keyword “Bulldogs by the Big Muddy” in your Yale Career Link. Housing is offered through Washington University. The Office of Career Strategy will contact students regarding housing once they have accepted an offer from an employer. Space is limited!

The contact information for City Leaders may be provided upon request. If needed, please contact Lori Ferrara.

It is important to consider all expenses involved in accepting a Yale-coordinated Internship. A summer internship is a valuable experience, but it means preparing for expenses by looking at the overall budget and identifying your goals for savings.  It is important to consider internship wages (if the internship compensates), any type of funding available, and the amount you are able to allocate towards your professional summer experience for housing, food, and airfare. It is also never too early in the year to start planning! Begin with a list of how much you might pay for housing, any incoming amount from family or friends, and how much you must contribute by either beginning to save now or looking at options for extra income through the academic year.

Quote: I would definitely recommend the Yale-Coordinated Domestic Internship Program because it is a wonderful opportunity to have a fantastic internship in a new city without having the hassle of finding your own housing. There is a wide variety of internship opportunities and I found one that was absolutely perfect for me. It was an internship that I never would have found had it not been for the program.

Alexa Chandler Pierson ‘16 – Bulldogs by the Big Muddy (St. Louis, MO)

2018 Work & Housing Dates

Always establish expected work dates with your employer upon accepting an offer; it is important you are on the same page and understand the expectations of the program.  Please consider all possible summer plans before accepting a Yale-coordinated Internship. Many programs implement specific dates and do not have the flexibility to allow multiple days off or shift the establish work dates earlier or later.  Bulldogs Across America work dates coincide with coordinated housing: 

  • In New Orleans and Minneapolis, work dates are Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - Friday, July 27, 2018 and housing dates are Sunday, May 27, 2018 - Saturday, July 28, 2018.
  • In Louisville, Denver, and St. Louis, work dates are Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - Friday, August 3, 2018 and housing dates are Sunday, May 27, 2018 - Saturday, August 4, 2018. 
  • In Houston, work dates are determined by each individual employer. No coordinated housing is provided in this location.

For all other domestic programs, please consult with your employer to discuss work dates. 

FAQ: I'm an international student, can I apply to a Yale-coordinated Domestic Internship with the Bulldogs Across America program?

A common question Yale Office Career of Strategy gets about Yale-coordinated internships is if the Domestic Programs are only for those who have U.S. Citizenship. The answer is: no! Anyone who is a student at Yale qualifies to apply for both the domestic and international Yale-coordinated Internship Programs! However, there are a few things international students need to know when applying for a Yale-coordinated Domestic Internship.

  • What is  Optional Practical Training and how do I know if I need it? Please see the Office of International Students and Scholars OPT website.
  • Are there any extra documents I need to fill out?  Yes. There are several forms needed to apply for Optional Practical Training before being eligible to work in the United States.
  • How long does it take to process? It can take 90+ days for OPT to process.
  • Do I have to have OPT before applying for Yale-coordinated Domestic Internships (Bulldogs Across America)? You do not need OPT to submit an internship application, but you  cannot start working until you do have a valid OPT. It’s better to start the process early rather than waiting until the last minute.

Professional Support

Pre-departure Orientations

Attending a Pre-departure Orientation is mandatory for students in a Yale-coordinated Domestic Internship. All Pre-departure Orientations take place at the Office of Career Strategy (55 Whitney Ave, 3rd floor, Room 369). For the Bulldogs Across America (BAA) program, students can attend any of the following orientations, and must RSVP in Yale Career Link in the Events/Workshops section:

Thursday, April 19, 2018 at:

  • 9:30-10:30am
  • 11:30am-12:30pm
  • 2pm-3pm
  • 4pm-5pm

Friday, April 27, 2018 at:

  • 12:30-1:30pm
  • 2-3pm
  • 3:30-4:30pm

During the Internship

Students in a Yale-coordinated Domestic Internship have numerous opportunities to engage in career exploration and professional support. All locations offer activities, including networking events, where students can connect with alumni and professionals in the field.

Quote: Overall, my experience was very positive. I began the summer hoping to better my community however in the end I reaped the largest reward; that of growth and passion ignited. My excitement for my future career surpasses the work and I am certain that this passion will continue in that way. After I’ve completed my education I am planning on pursuing a career that allows me to build off the experiences I’ve had during this internship. Although I intended to benefit this company as an intern, it ultimately benefitted me.

Sophia Krohn '20 – Bulldogs on the Lakes (Minneapolis, MN)

Point: OCS also coordinates a number of internship opportunities for students in Sitka, Alaska through the generous assistance of Yale alumni contacts in the region. Sitka was recently named by Jetsetter as one of the 9 Cutest Small Towns in America! Examples of past employers offering opportunities include Sitka Fine Arts Camp, Sitka Historical Society & Museum, Sitka Local Foods Network, and Artchange, Inc. Positions are typically posted on Yale Career Link in December-January each year and can be searched by selecting “Yale Internships in Sitka” under Jobs – Advanced Search.

Link: Also review the following Yale-coordinated Internship Programs in Common Good & Creative Careers:

Yale Alumni Community Service Fellowship

Yawkey Community Service Fellowship

Women in Government Internships

Dara Rei Onishi '97 Fellowship

Paul Block Journalism Internships

William F. Buckley Internships

Tremaine Contemporary Art Internship

Yale In Hollywood Internships