Pomona College Internship Program (PCIP): Semester

Developed in 1976, PCIP: Semester provides students with a generous stipend to pursue part-time, unpaid experiential learning opportunities with employers in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. 

Students who successfully complete their internships & required program assignments also receive transcript notation.

***IMPORTANT PROGRAM CHANGES: EFFECTIVE SPRING 2019***

No More "Semester Prior" Application Timeline
In the past, students were required to apply for PCIP the semester prior to the semester they intended to intern.  For example: if a student wished to participate in PCIP for fall 2018, then they had to apply back in mid-spring 2018.  Likewise, if a student wished to apply to PCIP for spring 2018, then they had to apply in early fall 2017.  

As of the 2018-2019 academic year, students may now apply for PCIP during the semester they intend to intern. The PCIP: Semester application is now due approximately two weeks after the first day of classes in the fall/spring semester.  

Secured Internships at Time of Application
The PCIP: Semester application now asks for an official offer letter or offer email from your employer.  This means in order to apply for PCIP: Semester funding, students must have already secured an internship. 

"PCIP Partners," "PCIP-Only," and "PCIP-Eligible"
In previous semesters we referred to employers that hired students via PCIP as "PCIP Partners" & internships they posted in Handshake were labeled as "PCIP-Only."  In response to concerns over exclusivity, fairness, & access across the 7C community, we will no longer label internships posted by employers as "PCIP-only."  Instead, such opportunities will be labeled as "PCIP-eligible."  The label will simply serve as a quick way for Pomona students to identify any eligible internships for PCIP: Semester funding.  

New Internship Experience Each Semester
Students must have secured a new internship experience each semester they apply for funding.

  • Students returning to the same employer, in the same position/role will not receive funding.
  • Students returning to the same employer, but in a new position/role or with increasing responsibility is ok.

80-Hour Minimum
Students receiving PCIP funding are required to complete at least 80 hours at their internship over the course of the semester. Students & supervisors are encouraged to keep a log of hours completed.  

Students should also account for fall/spring recesses, midterms, finals, and any other planned absences when creating their internship schedule with their supervisor(s).

Failure or refusal to complete the 80 hour minimum will result in termination of funding, loss of transcript notation, and will be considered in any future application for PCIP funding.

ELIGIBILITY

If you fulfill the following criteria, you can apply for PCIP: Semester!

1. Currently enrolled at Pomona College
2. Will be on campus the semester you intend to intern
3. Good academic standing
4. CPT (applicable to F-1 International Students, only)

Note: F-1 International Students are only eligible for CPT after completing one academic year at the college + declaring a major.  F-1 International Students must also be able to provide an ITIN or SSN to fill out the W8 form in order to receive the PCIP stipend.

Please contact or visit I-Place for more information regarding CPT.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Important: Applications for PCIP: Semester funding close approximately two weeks after the start of classes.  The application itself will remain available year-round, however, applications are only reviewed once the application closes. 

The PCIP: Semester application is accessed via Fluid Review and requires the following items:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Video Interview
  • Official Offer Letter from Employer
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • W9/W8 form
  • Pomona College Direct Deposit Form
  • Bank Documentation for Direct Deposit

Please make note of the following:

  • All materials must be submitted through Fluid Review. 
  • All applications & associated materials will be reviewed by CDO staff.
  • No late applications or materials will be reviewed. 
  • Students will be notified of funding decisions within 2 weeks from the application deadline. 
  • Payments take approximately 10 business days to process. 
  • Payments tend to be delayed by mistakes in funding paperwork: incorrect SSN, no bank documentation, missing account/routing numbers.  When submitting an application, please ensure all forms are correctly and completely filled out.

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?

Applications for PCIP: Semester funding close approximately two weeks after the start of classes.  The application itself will remain available year-round, however, applications are only reviewed once the application closes.  In order to apply for funding, students must have already secured an eligible internship opportunity for the semester they intend to intern.

HOW MUCH FUNDING CAN I RECEIVE?

Students will receive a $1,200 stipend that is disbursed in two payments of $600: one at the beginning of the semester and one at the end of the semester.  All PCIP funding is disbursed via direct deposit and contingent on students completing required internship hours & semester assignments. Please note that PCIP funding is 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.

Important: Students must commit to working a minimum of 80 internship hours during 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.

PCIP: Semester Policy

Students receiving PCIP funding are expected to represent Pomona College with integrity in all off-campus conduct.  This includes abiding by the regulations and expectations (e.g. dress code, modes of communication, office conduct, etc.) set in place by your employer.

Funding decisions are at the discretion of the Assistant Director of Experiential Learning and the Career Development Office.

Unpaid Internships Only

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.

Internships should:

  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.

No Shadowing & Remote Internships

Shadowing and remote internship experiences are ineligible for PCIP funding.

New Internship Experience Each Semester

Students must have secured a new internship experience each semester they apply for funding.

  • Students returning to the same employer, in the same position/role will not receiving funding.
  • Students returning to the same employer, but in a new position/role or with increasing responsibility is ok.

80 Hour Minimum

Students receiving PCIP funding are required to complete at least 80 hours at their internship over the course of the semester. Students & supervisors are encouraged to keep a log of hours completed.  

Students should also account for fall/spring recesses, midterms, finals, and any other planned absences when creating their internship schedule with their supervisor(s).

Failure or refusal to complete the 80 hour minimum will result in termination of funding, loss of transcript notation, and will be considered in any future application for PCIP funding.

Semester Assignments in Sakai

Students receiving PCIP funding must complete all required program assignments (available via Sakai).  Failure or refusal to submit timely, quality, PCIP assignments will result in the termination of funding, loss of transcript notation, and will be considered in any future application for PCIP funding.

FINDING AN INTERNSHIP

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

Unsure of where or how to start? Visit the CDO during drop-in hours or make an appointment with a counselor via Handshake.  If you would like to view a list of employers that have hired students in past semesters, visit the PCIP: Semester Resource Page in Handshake.