Pomona College Internship Program (PCIP): Semester

The Pomona College Internship Program (PCIP) was developed in 1976 and provides students with a generous stipend and an optional transportation subsidy 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 program assignments also receive transcript notation.

WHO MAY APPLY?

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.

HOW DO I APPLY?

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

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Video Interview
  4. 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.

WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION DEADLINES?

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 in mid-April.

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

HOW MUCH FUNDING CAN I RECEIVE?

Students receive a $900 stipend for an approved PCIP internship to help alleviate financial barriers to participating in unpaid internship opportunities.  Students may also apply for up to $400 in optional transportation subsidies.  Students must commit to working a minimum of 60 internship hours during the semester & complete a series of PCIP assignments in order to receive the stipend.

All PCIP funding is disbursed via direct deposit.  PCIP Semester stipends are funded from Financial Aid student allotments.

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.

WHAT EXPERIENCES QUALIFY FOR FUNDING?

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.

HOW DO I FIND A PCIP INTERNSHIP?

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.