Frequently Asked Questions
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What’s the difference between an internship, an externship, and a fellowship?
|Objective||Provides direct experience to connect career and academic interests||Provides direct experience to connect career and academic interests||Systematic investigation calculated to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge; not institutional research intended for use only at and by Carleton employees or students||Provides direct experience or opportunity to conduct research in a chosen area of interest|
|Activity||Maximize participation with ongoing observation; enhance existing skills and abilities and discover new skills and abilities||Maximize observation, with some opportunity for participation, usually in the form of a shorter‐term, focused project||Maximize independent work and personal initiative through research||Maximize independent work and personal initiative, through research, volunteering, and/or travel|
|Reflection||Develop learning goals and engage in reflection activities||Develop learning goals and engage in reflection activities||May or may not involve learning goals and reflections||May or may not involve learning goals and reflections|
|Supervision||Provide close supervision with regular feedback and mentoring between supervisor and intern||Provide close supervision with frequent formal interaction between supervisor and extern||May or may not have a supervising element||May or may not have a supervising element|
|Length||Longer‐term (at least 6 weeks and 240 hours)||Shorter term (1-3 weeks)||Can be either shorter or longer term||Can be either shorter or longer term|
|Timing||Require sustained length of time, often over summer break||Winter Break||Varies||The majority—though not all—are completed during summer or winter break|
|Compensation (from host site)||May be paid or unpaid||Unpaid||May be paid or unpaid||Unpaid|
|Funding/Award Eligibility||May be eligible for Carleton funding to offset associated travel and accommodation expenses||May be eligible for Career Center funding to offset associated travel and accommodation expenses||Projects connected to academic work may be eligible for funding from the Office of Student Fellowships or some academic departments (contact relevant Departmental Administrative Assistants for further information)||Fellowships administered by Carleton are awarded competitively through the Office of Student Fellowships.|
Are internships available on campus?
Yes! A few select on-campus internships are available. Please contact the Career Center to learn more.