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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 seven 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, the Women in Government Fellowship, and the YEI Innovation Internships (linked in the right-hand side bar).  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 7 cities have sponsored housing options available to student interns. Most of these programs include a program fee (detailed by city below), which will be charged to the student via Bursar billing. 

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.

FAQ: Cleveland, OH - Bulldogs on the Cuyahoga

City Leader: Jean Koehler

Yale students in Cleveland participate in a consortium with Case Western Reserve, Colgate, Cornell, Denison, Ohio Wesleyan, Smith, and the University of Chicago for an intensive summer immersion program designed to help interns explore the professional, civic, and social offerings of the Cleveland area. This program is open to current sophomore, junior, and senior students. You can view internships in this area by searching for Cleveland, Ohio or keyword “Bulldogs on the Cuyahoga” in  your Yale Career Link. Group housing is available at Cleveland State University (CSU). The Office of Career Strategy will contact students regarding housing once they have accepted an offer from an employer. Space is limited!

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. Housing is offered through the University of St. Thomas. The Office of Career Strategy will contact students regarding housing once they have accepted an offer from an employer.  Space is limited!  Students will be Bursar-billed $300 for housing costs 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 Knoll (adjacent to the University of Minnesota campus). The Office of Career Strategy will contact students regarding housing once they have accepted an offer from an employer. Space is limited!

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)

Application Process

How do I apply?

The positions are available for students to apply in Yale Career Link under Job/Internship Search. To apply you must complete the Yale-coordinated Internship Policies & Registration in Yale Career Link, in the Document Library under the Resources tab. 

When do I apply?

Positions open in Yale Career Link on Thursday, December 1, 2016. The application deadline for the majority of positions is Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 9:30am. Employers will continue to post positions throughout December and January, so check back often!  You can apply to as many positions as you like, but the Office of Career Strategy strongly encourages you to only apply to those you would seriously consider accepting. Interviews happen in February, and offers are extended in February and March.

What material do I need?

For most positions, apply with a resume and a cover letter. Some employers may have additional application requirements, such as the inclusion of a writing sample or an unofficial transcript. 

What is the interview and acceptance timeline?

Employers will contact students directly who they would like to interview. Interviews generally take place during February, with offers being extended from February 20 through the first or second week of March via the Yale Career Link system. Students have five (5) business days to accept an offer for a Yale-coordinated Internship unless otherwise noted. Please refer to the Yale-coordinated Internship Policies & Registration for details.

Once an internship is accepted, an email is sent to students outlining next steps.

Note:

  • You will likely receive an offer from a Yale-coordinated Domestic Internship without knowing a fellowship decision. 
  • Opting into coordinated housing, when offered, is optional.  After you accept your position offer, you will be asked to complete a program registration survey.  Students can identify whether or not they wish to opt into the coordinated housing at that time.  Of course, you can always contact the Office of Career Strategy with any questions you might have.

2017 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 Houston, St. Louis, and New Orleans, work dates are May 30 - July 28 and housing dates are May 28 - July 29.
  • In Louisville, work dates are May 30 - August 4 and housing dates are May 28 - August 5.
  • In Minneapolis, work dates are June 5 - August 4 and housing dates are June 4 - August 5.
  • In Denver, work dates are May 30 - August 4.
  • In Cleveland, work dates are June 5 - August 4.

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

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:

Friday, April 21, 2017 at:

  • 10am-11am
  • 12pm-1pm
  • 2pm-3pm
  • 4pm-5pm

There are also specific Pre-departure Orientations for the following programs. More information on times, dates, and locations for these Pre-departure Orientations will be provided:

  • Women in Government
  • Yale Alumni Community Service Fellowships
  • Yawkey Fellowships
  • Paul Block Journalism Fellowship
  • William F. Buckley Program

During the Internship

Students in a Yale-coordinated Domestic Internship have numerous opportunities to engage in career exploration and professional support. During the internship period, students have access to a series of virtual workshops, focusing on the career readiness competencies identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Students also have support through appointments with Office of Career Strategy advisors throughout the summer via phone or Skype. Furthermore, many locations offer activities, including networking events, where students can connect with alumni and professionals in the field.

Quote: The most rewarding aspect of this program was being connected with Yale alumni in Cleveland. Everyone I met was incredibly engaging, kind, insightful, and welcoming. I couldn’t have asked for a better alumni host, and I really looked forward to events put on by the Yale alumni and the Yale Club of Cleveland. I know I will remain friends with the other Yale students who were in Cleveland this summer with me too.

Katherine Simon, Branford 2017

FAQs

FAQ: Do I apply to the program in general and then I will be placed in an internship position?

Please see the Application Process section. Students must complete the Yale-coordinated Internship Policies & Registration in Yale Career Link to be eligible to apply directly to Yale-coordinated Internship positions.  The positions will be viewable once you complete the registration. Employers will continue to post positions throughout December and January, so students are encouraged to check often.

FAQ: What is the difference between an Yale-coordinated Internship and an independent internship?

A Yale-coordinated Internship means that the Office of Career Strategy works closely with the employers who have posted these positions. OCS is involved in the application and offer process. Some Yale-coordinated Internships have coordinated housing where students have the option to live together. OCS coordinates, but does not fund, the housing arrangements. An independent internship is posted in Yale OCS Symplicity directly by the employer. That employer will handle all of the application and hiring efforts.

FAQ: Can I apply to Yale-coordinated Internships if I am not a U.S. Citizen?

Yes, however, because everyone’s situation is unique, OCS advises any student who is not a U.S. citizen to contact OISS regarding Optional Practical Training for internships in the U.S., or their home country’s embassy to inquire whether they can intern in an overseas location.

FAQ: Once I submit my application, how soon will I be contacted by an employer?

The deadline to apply for most Yale-coordinated Internships is January 24, 2017 at 9:30am. After the application deadline, employers have three weeks to review the applications and conduct interviews with applicants. The timing of individual positions will depend on the employers’ response. In most cases, students will receive offers via Symplicity and must accept or reject them through Symplicity; students will be given five business days to decide about an open offer. No extensions will be permitted.

FAQ: Will the employers conduct interviews?

Yes, OCS encourages the employers to conduct interviews via Skype or phone.

FAQ: Can I accept an internship but live with friends/family/find my own housing instead of living in the Yale-coordinated housing?

Yes. Students must notify OCS by March 30 if they want to live in coordinated housing. If OCS does not receive this information by March 30, the student will not be included in the coordinated housing and the student will secure their own housing.

FAQ: If I accept an offer with an independent internship in one of the Yale-coordinated Internships locations, can I be housed with the Yale-coordinated Internships interns?

This is a case-by-case situation which depends on the housing contract and availability in each location. Students in this situation should contact OCS as soon as possible to discuss the possibility.

Contact the Office of Career Strategy at careerstrategy@yale.edu with any questions.