Whether you are searching for your first internship, a job on campus, after-graduation employment, or future graduate schools, we are here to support your exploration and planning.

Click the link for the program you’re interested in to go directly to the information below: On-Campus RecruitingInternships for CreditSummer Housing | Catalyst Summer Internship Fund | On-Campus Jobs | Safe Practices for Your Search

Searching for Internships, Jobs & Graduate Schools

Access Coaching Services

If you are exploring ideas for internships or jobs, check out our Career Exploration webpage to get started.

If you are searching for internships or jobs, the following resources can be explored independently or debriefed in a career coaching appointment to develop and implement your search strategy:

  • These recommended activities from Vanderbilt’s Picture your Career workbook:
    • Identifying Potential Employers (p. 110)
    • Networking and Information Interviewing Practice (p. 112)
    • Job Search Emotions Map (p. 120)
    • Myth-Busting (p. 120)
    • Researching Potential Employers (p. 124)
    • The Iceberg (p. 124)

Virtual Resources for Your Search

  • Handshake Search for internships and jobs, register for virtual events and workshops, make career coaching appointments, network with employers and peers. Update your profile and career interests to help us help you find relevant opportunities.

 

  • Bantam Career Network – Network with Trinity community members including alumni to learn about internships and jobs and explore majors and careers. 
  • Big Interview – Learn interviewing strategies and record yourself practicing interview answers. 
  • What Can I Do With This Major Learn about industries and types of employers related to your major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.
  • Vault  Research companies, explore internships, review industry trends and access in-depth industry guides.  
  • GoinGlobal – Access city and country guides for advice on working in the U.S. and around the world, search for internships and jobs, and access H1B Visa information. 
  • LinkedIn Learning – LinkedIn Learning (formerly lynda.com) provides instructional videos and activities for thousands of software packages and business skills. This resource can be a helpful way to expand your technical and transferable skills. You can even add completed certifications to your LinkedIn profile.
  • Parker-Dewey – Complete Micro-Internships, which are paid, professional experiences similar to what you’d do in an internship or first job. These opportunities are available to students from any academic class or major, and most can be completed remotely. You can also see opportunities that have been “Featured” for Trinity students.
  • Forage – Build real world skills direct from world leading organizations with virtual experience programs. These virtual experience programs are free for all students.

Trinity College Career Guides

On-Campus Recruiting

Interested in connecting with potential employers right here on campus? Our Employer Relations team develops partnerships with employers in a variety of industries to coordinate on-campus information sessions and interview days. This is a valuable opportunity, and we encourage you to check our offerings every semester!

To explore upcoming employer-led information sessions and interview days, visit the Events and Programs section of our website. You can also stay on top of our events calendar by regularly checking the Events tab in Handshake. This is also where you can apply to jobs scheduled for interview days.

Earn Credit for your Internship

The Internships for Credit process will remain current for the Fall 2021 semester. The Career & Life Design Center is designing the new co-curricular experience for Internships for Credit for the Spring 2022 semester. 

Receiving academic credit for internships enables you to set a joint learning agreement with Trinity College, a faculty sponsor, and your employer. Trinity College offers for-credit internships to sophomores, juniors, and seniors during the academic year as well as during the summer.

  • Students typically intern for 8-10 hours per week for a total of about 100-120 hours per semester.
  • Internships can be paid or unpaid.
  • At the end of the semester, we ask the employer to complete a brief written evaluation of the student’s performance.
  • The faculty sponsor confers a pass or fail grade for exploratory internships, or a letter grade for academic internships, based on student’s evaluation and the student’s written work.

Learn more about:

  • Matriculated undergraduate students.
  • Sophomore or higher.
  • Have not enrolled in more than the maximum number of internship credits prior to submitting paperwork (i.e., students can pursue any variation of half credit or one credit internships, but cannot exceed a total of two full credits for exploratory internships – or a total of four exploratory internships; however, there are no credit limits for academic internships). 
  • Students on an F1 visa are required to enroll their internship for credit in order to obtain CPT work authorization.
  • Complete paperwork by deadline. If you have a conflict, please contact Joseph Catrino.
  • An internship will not be approved for credit if the student is primarily doing basic office or clerical work. The student must be practicing and developing relevant, practical skills.
  • Credit cannot be awarded twice for the SAME internship. Likewise, if you or a direct relative are the owners of the company you are interning with, you will not be eligible to earn credit for the experience.

At Trinity, students are eligible to receive half credit or one credit for an internship experience during the fall, spring, and summer.

  • “Exploratory Internships” are pass/fail and yield half credit.
  • “Academic Internships” are paired with an internship course, and receive A-F letter grades, yielding one credit.
  • Academic Internship Course List:

* Under special conditions, a student may seek approval to do an internship as an “Academic Internship” without a course attached, similar to an independent study*

The fee for internship courses, during Summer Session II, is $700. More information about summer session tuition and fees may be found on Trinity’s summer website.

Before beginning an internship, a student submits an Internship for Credit Experience form by “Requesting an Experience” on Handshake. This is an agreement between the Sponsor, the Student and Field Supervisor.

The Career & Life Design Center has a three-step process for earning internship credit.

Step 1: Secure an internship by working independently or in partnership with a Career Coach.

Step 2: Secure a Faculty Sponsor – Once you have secured a Faculty Sponsor, you will need to schedule a meeting with them to discuss the following:

  • What required written work will you complete for your Faculty Sponsor in fulfillment of the 0.5 or 1 credit you will receive?
  • Outline the schedule of check-in meetings you will have with your Faculty Sponsor over the course of your internship.

Step 3: Complete an Internship for Credit form on Handshake-Experience. Click HERE to watch a video tutorial on how to complete a Handshake Experience Form.

  • This form will provide the Career & Life Design Center with details about your internship and assignments you will be completing with your faculty sponsor to earn credit.
  • After you submit your form, it will go through a 3-step approval process; each approver (Career & Life Design Center, your internship supervisor, and your faculty sponsor) will be sent an approval link to electronically approve your Internship Experience form via Handshake. You can keep track of who has approved or still needs to approve your form via Handshake-Experience.
  • Once all three parties have approved your Internship Experience, the Career & Life Design Center will send your name to the Registrar and you will be manually enrolled in either a Half Credit Exploratory Internship or a Full Credit Academic Internship. Please note Summer Tuition and fees for credit.

View Detailed Academic Calendar for submission deadlines. If you have further questions about this process, please feel free to schedule an appointment with one of our career coaches.

Students who choose to earn academic credit for their internship experience must have a faculty sponsor. Students earn the credits for the academic component of their internship, not for the actual work they perform at the company or organization. With a sponsor, a student develops and completes assignments, papers, journals, and/or projects. The instructor then assigns a letter or pass/fail grade for the work, and the student receives credit.

  • Students choose a faculty member with whom they will work with throughout the semester.
  • Together, they identify a couple of goals for the student to achieve during the internship.
  • They also schedule regular meetings and agree on written work to be completed during the semester.
  1. The student should conscientiously fulfill all the responsibilities defined in the internship form and expected of a motivated intern and serious college student. Significant lapses in meeting these responsibilities may result in termination of the internship and/or academic failure.
  2. The student should keep a detailed record of goals, responsibilities, and accomplishments during the internship.
  3. On a regular basis, the student should discuss his or her progress and performance with the on-site supervisor.
  4. The student should maintain contact with the faculty sponsor by phone, letter, or in person. This contact with the sponsor must include the student’s written mid-point assessment of the internship.
  1. Present the term paper, project, exhibit, or other materials to the faculty sponsor for discussion and evaluation of the internship. The student must meet the pre-established deadlines for submitting all required materials.
  2. The student must remind the on-site supervisor to complete an evaluation of the intern at the conclusion of the internship and submitted to the faculty sponsor. The on-site supervisor’s evaluation of the intern is an important component of the faculty member’s evaluation of the project for academic credit.

FAQ

No, you cannot receive academic credit for a previously completed internship. Internships for credit include academic work and ongoing meetings with a faculty sponsor, which must be completed concurrent to the internship.

Unless you are an international student, you do not need to earn academic credit. Earning credit incorporates an academic component to the experience, which creates greater opportunity for reflection and academic integration. Some internships may require you to earn academic credit to prove you are the primary beneficiary of the experience. However, whether you receive credit or not, your internship will reflect the same on your résumé, personal statement, or in an interview.

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

To ensure that an experience—whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely or virtually—is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the NACE definition, all the following criteria must be met:

  1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

If these criteria are followed, it is the opinion of NACE that the experience can be considered a legitimate internship.

  • The on-site supervisor must clearly be qualified by professional experience and affiliations, job status, professional credentials, etc., to guide and evaluate the internship activity. The student’s parent(s) or an immediate family member may not serve as the on-site supervisor.
  • The on-site supervisor is not responsible for providing housing for or remuneration to the student intern. The student intern remains responsible for his or her general well-being, health, and living expenses. An internship may, however, become a paid position if the supervisor so desires.

Faculty sponsorship provides an essential component of the internship for credit process at Trinity College. Every student who participates in Trinity’s Internship for Credit program is required to have a Faculty Sponsor. The role of the Faculty Sponsor is to oversee the academic direction and integrity of a student’s learning experience during their internship.

Benefits to Serving as a Faculty Sponsor:

  • Networking with field professionals who are immersed in the day-to-day industry.
  • Support educational mission to integrate theory and practice.
  • Enhance a student’s internship experience and provide opportunity for the student to make connections between what they are experiencing and what they are studying.

Faculty Sponsor Responsibilities:

  • Meet with the student to discuss internship goals and develop a list of assignments, papers, journals, and/or projects that the student must complete to earn credit.
  • If it is the student’s first internship for credit, encourage them to register on Handshake and attend one of the required Internship for Credit Informational sessions offered by the Career & Life Design Center.
  • Review and electronically approve the students Internship Experience via Handshake: How to approve an “Experience”. You will receive an e-mail from the Career & Life Design Center through Handshake with a link to the student’s internship Experience. Review the academic information: .i.e. required work and meeting dates.
    • If you approve, click “Approve Experience” at the top of the page. If you have questions or feel the student has not submitted items you have discussed with them, please click “Decline Experience” and write comments in the text box revisions needed or why you have not approving the internship.
  • Oversee the student’s academic progress during their internship by scheduling regular check in meeting and by engaging in the student’s assigned work.
  • Upon completion of the semester, assess learning, student’s performance evaluation submitted by employer and assign a letter or pass/fail grade.

Student Responsibilities:

  • View student responsibilities, the Internship for Credit Enrollment Form, and student enrollment steps, above.

Summer Housing for Internships

As you explore summer internship opportunities, it is important to consider what housing options are available. Below you can find information on summer housing at Trinity and other colleges that offer summer housing to college students. Additionally, many larger employers may offer housing for summer internships and programs.

Summer Housing at Trinity

If you have an internship in the Hartford-area, contact the Career & Life Design Center about arranging summer housing on-campus. See Residential Life’s Summer Housing page for further information about deadlines and requirements.

Established Summer Housing Programs at Colleges and Universities

Housing is often the highest cost for students completing an internship.  We recommend checking out local colleges and universities in the area where your internship is located.

Summer Internships Funding

Funding opportunities for unpaid and low-paid internships in the United States and abroad are available through the Catalyst Summer Internship Fund. This fund provides students with the opportunity to gain professional experience, and to develop industry-related skills, while defraying some of the costs associated with completing an under or unpaid summer internship. Candidates can receive up to $3,500 to pursue full-time internship opportunities otherwise closed to them.

To be considered for the Catalyst Summer Fund, a student’s internship must enable them to do one or more of the following:

  • Make intellectual and practical connections between skills/knowledge developed through a liberal arts education and skills/knowledge required for a particular career.
  • Gain first-hand insight into careers related to or associated with your academic interests.
  • Explore a career path or field in order to confirm or reject a tentative career plan.
  • Acquire experience and practical skills required by employers in your chosen career field.
  • Acquire hands-on experience that will enhance your graduate or professional school candidacy.

Please review all qualifications, below, and address any additional questions to catalyst-fund@trincoll.edu.

Qualifications for Catalyst Summer Internship Fund

  • A secured unpaid or underpaid – $1,750 or less for the entire internship experience – internship that is either remote, in-person, or both; a student can only receive funding for ONE internship.
  • The internship must consist of a minimum of 120 total hours.
    *Additional requirements may apply to international students completing an internship for credit. Consult with Katharine Clair for the latest policies impacting international students completing summer internships.
  • There is routine feedback given through supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.

*While one of your family members may be employed at your internship company, your internship supervisor may not be a member of your immediate family nor should your internship supervisor report to a member of your immediate family.

  • The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  • The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  • There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  • Undergraduate Trinity students, including IDP students, graduating before May 2021 are eligible; graduating seniors do not qualify.
  • To receive funds for a Summer 2021 internship, you must be a returning student and enrolled at Trinity College for the Fall 2021 semester.
  • We recommend that international students contact Katharine Clair with questions to ensure that students are in compliance with U.S. visa requirements during summer internship period.
  • Students applying for Internships for Credit will need to work with faculty sponsor and submit an internship contract via Handshake – please note that the college assesses a fee to register for academic credit for summer internships.
  • Past recipients of Catalyst funding may apply again; however, preference may be given to first-time applicants – funding cannot be awarded twice for interning with the same company.
  • Funding through the Catalyst Summer Internship Program is not based on your FASFA or demonstrated financial need. It is appropriate, however, to describe financial need in your application materials.
  • Funding cannot go towards equipment or facilities required by the employer to complete the internship.

Applications are reviewed by the CSIF selection committee, which will evaluate each application to determine if the student’s internship meets the CSIF internship guidelines. The selection committee uses a rubric to determine funding decisions. Funding decisions will be communicated to all applicants via catalyst-fund@trincoll.edu on May 12, 2021.

  • Applications for summer 2021 Catalyst funds are available in Handshake.
  • Application deadline is April 30, 2021.
  • Recipient decisions will be announced via email on May 12, 2021.
  • Funding is divided into three disbursements and is deposited directly into your bank account over the summer.

*Following the deadline, applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis and dependent on remaining available funds.

  • Student learning agreement (provided in acceptance email).
  • Attend mandatory Catalyst Summer Internship Orientation.
  • Submit employer verification form.
  • Complete the following forms for funding purposes:
    • 2020 CT W4
    • 2020 W4
    • Direct Deposit Form
    • I-9 Form
      • Funding from the Catalyst Summer Internship Fund is taxable.
  • Complete a photo essay.
  • Actively participate in mid-summer and end-of-summer check-in emails.
  • Submit an end-of-internship survey and write thank you notes to donors.

The final installment is contingent on your completion of a brief reflection on your experience and active participation. Recipients who fail to complete the internship or other requirements of the Catalyst Summer Internship Program must repay all funds already distributed.

On-Campus Jobs

We support students in their search for, and commitment to, meaningful work in their on-campus employment. Working on campus provides a way to form profound connections within the campus community and is an excellent opportunity to gain professional experience while developing career-ready skills. There is value in all work, even if it is not directly related to the kind of career students will be pursuing. We would like to ensure that all students have equal opportunity in their on-campus job search and learn how to incorporate lessons learned and skills gained into their career search post-Trinity.

On-Campus Job Search and Postings

Current Trinity students are now able to search for spring semester on-campus job postings in Handshake and should filter by “Job Type” by “On-Campus Student Employment.

For questions about on-campus jobs and postings in Handshake, please contact Katie Franklin at Campus-jobs@trincoll.edu.

Staff or faculty members who would like the Career & Life Design Center to post a new student employment position in Handshake should complete and submit this form.

Learn more about posting on-campus jobs, meaningful work, and tips for pivoting student employment roles to remote work this semester in this brief, helpful video.

For questions about on-campus jobs and postings in Handshake, please contact Katie Franklin at Campus-jobs@trincoll.edu.

Safe Practices in Your Search

When searching for positions on job boards outside of Handshake, we highly discourage posting your résumé for employers to find you. If you do choose to post your résumé to public websites, remove your home address and any contact information you do not want publicly available.

The Career & Life Design Center at Trinity College does not provide employers access to students’ emails. All legitimate contacts from employers to your Trinity email account will originate from the college’s Handshake system. Handshake provides you with the ability to make your profile public to employers or to keep it private, and only employers approved by the Career & Life Design Center are able to access the system.

Indicators an employer email may be fraudulent include:

  • There are typos or spelling mistakes in the email
  • The message is sent from a personal rather than employer email account (example: @Hotmail.com rather than @thecompany’s name)
  • The “employer” asks you to send them confidential information or money
  • Read more warning signs in this article

If you ever have a question about an email that you have received from an employer, please do not respond to the email and instead contact the Career & Life Design Center to verify its authenticity.

GET IN TOUCH

Career & Life Design Center

Summer Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EDT, Friday 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. EDT. We are continuing to operate remotely; virtual coaching appointments may be scheduled via Handshake.