Fall 2022 Update
The PCIP application for Fall 2022 is NOW CLOSED. No late applications will be accepted.
Note: The student employment policy from Spring 2022 will continue for Fall 2022, where a student may participate in a stipend-based program (i.e. PCIP) OR participate in student jobs on campus (i.e. teaching assistants).
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. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, both remote and in-person internships will be considered for PCIP funding. Participating students will need to complete at least 80 hours during the semester (between August 29th and November 30th)
Students who successfully complete their internships & required program assignments also receive transcript notation.
In the 2021-2022 academic year, 167 students participated in the program & pursued a variety of experiential learning opportunities across a range of industries. Internship sites included non-profits, start-ups, medical service centers, local businesses, and research institutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you fulfill the following criteria, you can apply for PCIP for Fall 2022:
- Completed at least one semester*
- Enrolled full-time at Pomona College for Fall 2022*
- Good academic standing (not on academic probation)*
- CPT eligible (applicable to F-1 International Students only); see International Student FAQs below for additional information
- Secured a PCIP-eligible internship (For Fall 2022, PCIP-eligible means the internship must be unpaid and that you aren't receiving credit for it via a major/program)
- Can fulfill 80-hour semester commitment to internship
*These items will be verified by the Registrar's Office.
Undocumented & DACA-mented students are welcome to apply.
How do I Apply?
The PCIP: Semester application can be accessed via SurveyMonkey Apply and requires the following items:
- Résumé (the one used to apply to your internship opportunity)
- Cover Letter (the one used to apply to your internship opportunity)
- Video Interview
- Official Offer Letter from Employer (not negotiable; internships must be secured at time of application)
Refer to the How-to Use SurveyMonkey Apply guide for step-by-step instructions.
Students who are awarded PCIP will be required to submit the following funding documents to accept the award:
- W9/W8-BEN form
- Pomona College Direct Deposit Form
- Bank Documentation for Direct Deposit
Please make note of the following:
- All materials must be submitted through SurveyMonkey Apply.
- 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 1 week 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 PCIP Timeline?
- Monday, August 1st - Application opens via SurveyMonkey Apply
- Friday, August 19th at 5:00pm PT - Application closes
- Friday, August 26th - Decisions out via email
- Monday, August 29th - First day internship hours begin
- Friday, September 2nd at 5:00pm PT - Deadline to accept PCIP offer via SurveyMonkey Apply
- Wednesday, November 30th - Last day to fulfill internship hours (minimum of 80 hours required)
- NOTE: Please keep in mind that the PCIP application closes before the semester starts.
How much funding can I receive?
Students will receive a $1,200 stipend that is disbursed in two payments of $600: one at the middle 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.
- Provide "real-world" experience beyond the classroom.
- Involve reciprocity, i.e., a mutually beneficial experience for both the student and the internship provider.
- Include a high level of supervision, training, and mentoring.
Shadowing 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 will be considered.
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 holidays, 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.
The following opportunities are ineligible for PCIP: Semester funding:
- Paid opportunities
- Shadowing experiences
- Opportunities that are a requirement of a major/program (i.e. mandatory PPA internships for seniors in the fall semester)
- Opportunities where you'll be receiving Pomona College course credit
- Opportunities where you'll be receiving additional funding support (i.e. CDO Pre-Health Transportation Subsidy)
- Opportunities with any fee component (tuition, room/board, etc.)
- Independent projects with no supervision, program, or structure in place
- Non-credit courses or training programs
- Pomona College or other 7C-based opportunities (opportunities must be external & organized/administered by the employer/company/organization)
- Opportunities run by current undergraduate students
Finding an Internship
Unsure of where or how to start? Make an appointment in Handshake or attend PCIP Virtual drop-ins. *NEW* Check out the interactive map of previous employers that have hired students in past semesters, visit the student opportunities dashboard.
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.
What should my employer include in my offer letter?
Students must first secure a fall opportunity in order to apply to PCIP, as an offer letter is a required part of the application. Your offer letter should:
- Be on official letterhead
- Be signed & dated by a company representative
- Include your name
- Include your start date
- State the duration of the experience
- State that your internship is unpaid
- Clearly indicate whether your experience will be remote or in-person (For in-person internships, we ask that employers offer you the flexibility to work remotely, if needed. This option should be indicated in your offer letter.)
*If you do not have an official offer letter at this time, we will accept an email screenshot/PDF containing the same information above.
International Student FAQs
Can international students with an active F-1 status apply to PCIP?
Yes, students who have an active F-1 status for at least one academic year at Pomona College may apply to PCIP. This means you are only eligible if you were enrolled full-time under F-1 status for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.
What is CPT and how do I know if I'm eligible?
CPT stands for Curricular Practical Training and provides temporary work authorization for active F-1 status students. Eligibility requirements:
- You must have been enrolled full-time for at least one academic year on an active F-1 status preceding the term for which CPT is requested. Typically first-year students are first eligible for an internship during the summer following their first year of attendance at Pomona College.
- Please note that the class of 2026 is not eligible for CPT until Summer 2023. Reach out to your international student advisor, Kathy Quispe, if you have questions about your eligibility.
- You must have declared a major; the major must be the one shown on your I-20, and the proposed work must relate to that major. Please see the CPT Forms and Procedures webpage for the step-by-step process.
As a reminder, you must receive CPT authorization prior to starting your internship. Failure to get the authorization first may result in your SEVIS record being terminated.
My internship is remote. Do I still need CPT?
Yes, students who are on active F-1 status are required to receive work authorization through CPT if working off-campus with a U.S. employer. Please see the CPT Forms and Procedures webpage for the step by step process.
What documents does the CDO need to process the PCIP award?
PCIP awards are disbursed to students via direct deposit. Students who are offered a PCIP award are required to submit a Pomona College Direct Deposit Form, Bank Documentation, and a W8 Form.
Please note, 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 stipend. Please contact Kathy Quispe for any questions.