At home, abroad, working, interning?  Wherever you are this summer, contact OCS or make an appointment for a virtual advising session. We are available all summer! 

Short-term Experiences and Micro-Internships

Job Treks, Job Shadowing & Short-term Projects

Job Treks & Job Shadowing: If you are in the career exploration phase and want to sample careers, Job Treks or Job Shadowing may be for you!  A Job Trek may be over a few days, have more than one participant, and may include pre-work or small assignments during the visit. A Job Shadow is generally one day during which a student follows the individual through their daily tasks. Both are excellent ways to better understand an organization, office culture, job title, and skills needed for the position.

Short-Term Projects: Project-based work is a valuable way to gain exposure and training with minimal disruption to your academics schedule. International students are encouraged to with OISS about any required work authorization for paid opportunities.

Check out: Insider Career Vault’s “How to Get Experience When You Have No Experience” and The Muse’s “How to Get Experience in a New Field Without Starting at the Bottom”


Micro-internships provide unique opportunities to gain valuable professional experience outside the traditional internship cycle. Students can learn and hone the skills that employers look for, explore new career paths, build meaningful connections with organizations, and get paid – all in their spare time. Essentially, micro-internships are short-term, paid, professional projects posted by employers across a wide range of industries.

  • International students must use OPT; please consult OISS before engaging in work experience.
  • Typical projects require 5-40 hours across 2-4 weeks and can be completed remotely.

To begin exploring, visit Parker Dewey, a free platform that facilitates micro-internships. You can create a profile and start exploring a network of short-term, paid professional assignments!

  • Projects may be time-sensitive and employers may expect candidates to begin working immediately. Once selected, you will receive contact information for the employer so you can discuss a start date and begin work on the project.

Job Search Resources


(203) 432-0803

55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Fl.
New Haven, CT 06510


Day of the week
Academic Year Summer Hours
Monday 8:30am - 5pm 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5pm 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5pm 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 5pm 8:30am - 4:30pm

The office is closed weekends, holidays, and recess days.