Pomona College Internship Program (PCIP): Semester

The Pomona College Internship Program (PCIP) was developed in 1976 and provides students with a generous stipend to pursue part-time, unpaid experiential learning opportunities with partner organizations in and around the greater Los Angeles and Inland Empire areas.  Students who successfully complete their internship and PCIP assignments also receive transcript notation.


Students must be currently enrolled at Pomona College and on campus the semester they intend to intern.  Additionally, students must be in good academic standing (not on academic probation) and have completed some amount of research/exploration of career interests.  CPT is required for F-1 international students.


Students apply to PCIP the semester prior to the semester they intend to intern.  The PCIP application process requires the following:

  • Resume 
  • Cover Letter (should be addressed to the CDO)
  • Video Interview
  • PCIP Application submitted via Fluid Review

Students are strongly advised to attend drop-in hours or make an appointment with CDO staff to get their materials reviewed prior to submitting an application.

All submitted applications are reviewed and vetted by CDO staff.  Students admitted to PCIP for the semester may then apply to PCIP internships in Handshake.  PCIP opportunities are hosted by the program’s partner employers.  Industries, employers, and positions vary from semester to semester.


Application deadlines are subject to change from semester to semester.  Applications for the spring semester typically open in mid-August.  Applications for the fall semester typically open mid-way through the spring semester.

The PCIP Semester application for fall 2018 will be available in Fluid Review on Monday, March 12th. 

The application closes at 11:59pm PST on Sunday, April 8th. 

All students interested in participating in PCIP are encouraged to attend info sessions which they may rsvp to via Handshake.


Students receive a generous stipend for an approved PCIP internship to help alleviate financial barriers to participating in unpaid internship opportunities. Students must commit to working a minimum of 60 internship hours during the semester & complete a series of PCIP assignments.

All PCIP funding is disbursed via direct deposit.  

Important: PCIP awards are not intended to replace wages. Instead, the funding is meant to help alleviate supplemental costs associated with pursuing an unpaid internship during the course of the semester.

Tax Implications: Based on the size of your stipend and the items you spend the money on, there may be tax implications. The IRS considers the award as income to the recipient. When filing tax returns, it may be required to report the amount of the award. Please consult a tax professional with any questions or assistance. Visit the Financial Aid website to learn more.


Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths. Internships also give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. The CDO uses the definition of internships provided by the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE):

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.

Internship experiences should consist of the following:

  1. Provide "real-world" experience beyond the classroom.
  2. Involve reciprocity, i.e., a mutually beneficial experience for both the student and the internship provider.
  3. Include a high level of supervision, training, and mentoring.

Job shadowing and remote internships are ineligible for PCIP funding.


Admitted students apply to a collection of internship positions hosted by PCIP partner employers.  Students are welcome to apply to internships outside of PCIP opportunities in Handshake as long as the positions fulfill PCIP’s internship guidelines.

For more information students may view the PCIP Semester Resource Page in Handshake, which contains a list of past PCIP employers. 

Important: admitted students should take into consideration location, distance from the college, transportation options, and potential commute time when applying to internship opportunities.