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How to apply for PCIP

How to Apply for PCIP

  • Step 1 -- Attend a mandatory PCIP Information Session.  PCIP Information Sessions occur one semester BEFORE the actual internship begins
  • Step 2 -- Attend one required workshop and complete assignments on Career Beam.
    • All assignments should be completed at least one semester prior to the start of their internship. 
    • Workshop dates and times are posted in ClaremontConnect.
    • Under “Events” click on “PCIP Workshop”
    • CareerBeam
  • Step 3 -- Submit a PCIP application, along with your resume and cover letter, and receive notification from Internship Coordinator. Details and instructions are provided at the mandatory information sessions.
    • Resources that can help with your resume and cover letter.
    • Have applied to internships well suited to the career path that the student wants to explore.
    • Have space in their weekly schedule.  Students need to demonstrate changes they are prepared to make in their schedule to accommodate the significant time commitment of an internship.  
    • Seniors who are doing a thesis need to address how they will make time to do a PCIP internship.

Applying for PCIP while studying abroad

For students studying abroad, please email the Internship Coordinator in early March (for a fall PCIP) or early October (for a spring PCIP) for directions on how to apply and submit your application. Interviews with employers for internships will occur via email, by phone or Skype.

PCIP Selection Criteria

The strongest consideration is given to candidates who:

  • Followed the PCIP application directions and met all deadlines.
  • Have done some career exploration and decided that they are ready to try working in the field they have researched.
  • Can clearly articulate how the internship relates to a career idea they would like to explore.
  • Have applied to internships well suited to the career path that the student wants to explore.
  • Have space in their weekly schedule.  Students need to demonstrate changes they are prepared to make in their schedule to accommodate the significant time commitment of an internship.  
  • Seniors who are doing a thesis need to address how they will make time to do a PCIP internship.

After acceptance into the program, student can apply directly to the internship positions of your choice, organizations will contact those students that they wish to interview.


Eligibility Criteria for a PCIP with an Outside Organization

Students have the option of selecting an internship at an organization with whom PCIP does not currently have an existing relationship. The internship must meet the following criteria:

  • A supervisor is assigned to guide and advise the intern.
  • Intern is given guided tasks and projects intended to provide pre-professional skill development and exposure to the career similar to that of an entry-level employee.
  • Interns are given minimal administrative duties (less than 25% of the internship should be spent doing grunt work).

If students need guidance on how to find outside organizations that fit their interests, please contact the Internship Coordinator or visit the CDO during Drop-in Advising [pdf] hours.

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