Pomona College Internship Program (PCIP): Summer Experience, International & Domestic

Summer 2022 Update

The PCIP application for Summer 2022 closed on Friday, April 22. No late applications will be considered.

Please note: Recipients may not participate in both PCIP and any other Pomona College employment or stipend programs during Summer 2022 (e.g. SURP/RAISE, Mellon-Mays, Humanities Studio, Beckman, departmental funding). 

Since 2011, the Pomona College Internship Program: Summer Experience has funded nearly 900 domestic and international internships. Because working in the summer is a necessity for many Pomona students, taking advantage of unpaid or low-paying internships is not always possible. To make it possible for all interested students to participate, the College offers stipends to cover the cost of living and travel expenses. In summer 2021, 62 students received funding for remote internships in a variety of industries such as government/policy, education, research, art/design, and many more.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Who May Apply?

Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are enrolled full-time for Spring 2022 may apply for PCIP Summer 2022. Incoming transfer students are eligible after completing one semester. Additionally, students should be in good academic standing (not on academic probation) and have completed some amount of research/exploration of career interests.

  • F-1 international students are welcome to apply, however CPT is required! For more information about CPT eligibility.
  • Undocumented & DACA-mented students are also welcome to apply.

How Do I Apply?

In light on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the CDO will consider both remote and in-person opportunities that are secured at the time you apply for PCIP. There will no longer be two separate application processes for International & Domestic funding.

Applications may be accessed by SurveyMonkey Apply (no longer FluidReview). The following materials are required for the PCIP application:

  • Résumé (the one you used for the summer opportunity you applied for)
  • Cover Letter (the one you used for the summer opportunity you applied for)
  • Offer Letter/Email
  • Video interview

Applications missing any materials will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed by the Selection Committee. 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.

What should my employer include in my offer letter?

Students must secure a summer 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
  • Describe any compensation (If you are not being compensated, this must be clearly stated.)
  • 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.

What are the Application Timelines/Deadlines?

PCIP Summer 2022 Award Timeline

  • March 1 - Application Opens in SurveyMonkey Apply
  • April 22 @ 5:00pm PT - Application Due in SurveyMonkey Apply
  • May 6 - Award offers out via email
  • May 13 @ 5:00pm PT - Deadline to accept award offer in SurveyMonkey Apply

How are Candidates Evaluated?

Every completed application received by the specified deadlines is reviewed by the Selection Committee (Career Development Office, Pomona College staff, & Pomona College faculty members). Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled as a student at Pomona College and returning for the fall semester
  • Should be in good academic standing (not on probation)
  • Professionally formatted cover letter and résumé (or C.V for research experiences)
  • Strong articulation of what specific learning experience the applicant is hoping to receive from the summer experience
  • Compelling rationale as to why this experience is critical to the applicant’s career development (i.e. does the experience allow the applicant to explore a potential career of interest, or is it relevant to the applicant’s future career goals)
  • Explanation of how award will impact the student’s ability to participate in the experience
  • Qualifications of the host organization
    • Unpaid or low-paid ($1,500 or less)
    • Ability to provide a minimum of 120 hours of supervised work within a 6-8 week period
    • Does not require tuition, or any other fees
    • Is not owned or run by a member of your immediate family, or a current undergraduate student.

After all applications are reviewed, the Selection Committee will determine which candidates to award. If selected to receive an award, the candidate will be considered a Finalist. Finalists are required to either accept or decline their award offer. Finalists who accept their award will complete required paperwork and funding documentation for award disbursement. Those who wish to decline their award offer will be given separate instructions.

Important! Priority consideration is granted to:

  • Students who would not be able to pursue the proposed opportunity without an award
  • Rising seniors who have not yet engaged in an experiential learning opportunity that is necessary for a successful launch upon graduation
  • Students who have made a shift in career direction, either through a change of major and/or though the identification of a new path for which they lack significant experiential learning

How Much Funding Can I Receive?

For Summer 2022, students who are offered a PCIP grant will receive $3,000, regardless if the summer opportunity is remote or in-person.

Students are responsible for appropriately allocating funds for projected expenses.

Important: Awards are not intended to replace wages. Instead, it is meant to help alleviate supplemental costs associated with pursuing an unpaid or underpaid experience including, but not limited to, living (housing), transportation (travel to city of employer, daily tolls/commuting costs), and food.

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?

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:

  • 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.

Job shadowing opportunities are ineligible for PCIP funding.

Eligible Summer Experiences must be:

  • Unpaid or low-paid ($1,500 or less)
  • Minimum of 120 hours of supervised work within the 6-8 week period (15-20 hours per week)
  • Offered during the summer (after the last day of spring finals through the first day of fall classes) for a minimum of 6 weeks. Opportunities exceeding 8 weeks are eligible; however, awards will only provide financial assistance for a maximum of 8 weeks. Any costs accrued beyond 8 weeks are the responsibility of the student.
  • Supervised by a professional in the organization who agrees to the program guidelines
  • Connected to the applicant's overall career goals or exploration

Ineligible Summer Experiences include:

  • *For Summer 2022* Students will not be able to receive PCIP funding for summer opportunities that involve travel outside the United States. However, there are exceptions in place for students who reside outside of the United States and wish to pursue a summer opportunity in their country of residence.
  • Paid opportunities (More than $1,500)
  • Programs with any fee component (tuition, room and board, study abroad, etc.)
  • Internships or projects receiving Pomona College course credit
  • Independent projects
  • Non-credit course or training program
  • Pomona College or other 7C-based opportunities (opportunities must be external & organized/administered by the employer/company/organization)
  • Organizations run by members of students' immediate family, or current undergraduate students

Can I receive PCIP funding for a summer opportunity that involves travel outside of the United States?

While the College has decided to continue its restrictions on college-sponsored student travel for summer 2022, there is an exception. If you are a student who resides outside of the United States and wish to pursue a summer opportunity in your country of residence, then you may be eligible for funding.

How do I Find an Internship?

Students can access Handshake to search for potential summer internship opportunities. Via Handshake, students also have access to a number of internal and external resources to guide their internship search.

To see where previous students have interned through PCIP, check out the new student opportunity dashboard of past PCIP employers, along with industries and locations.

PCIP Summer Assignments & Annual Poster Conference

As a condition of receiving an award, short assignments are required throughout the summer. The culminating project of the summer is a final product that PCIP students present during the Intensive Summer Experience Symposium. The Symposium gives PCIP Summer students an opportunity to share their experiences with the campus community and takes place early in the fall semester.

Assignments include the following:

  • learning agreement
  • monthly journal entries
  • informational interviews
  • culminating project
  • presentation at annual Intensive Summer Experience Symposium
  • thank you letter to donor
  • self-evaluation

Award recipients must comply with all set deadlines and requirements. Should a recipient default on their contract they may become ineligible for future Career Development Office funding opportunities.

International Student FAQs

Can international students with an active F-1 status apply to PCIP?

Yes, students who have an active F-1 status may apply to PCIP. Being on active status is defined as having entered the U.S. this academic year and enrolled full-time 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 2 semesters in person 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. 
  • 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.
  • Your internship must be with a U.S. employer. Foreign employers do not qualify for CPT.

My internship is remote. Do I still need CPT?

Students who are on active F-1 status are advised to get CPT if working remotely with a U.S. employer, whether or not you are inside or outside the U.S. Please see the CPT Forms and Procedures webpage for the step by step process.

Students who are on active F-1 status are not eligible to get CPT if working remotely with a foreign employer. If you plan on staying in the U.S., conservative advice would be to not engage in the internship as it cannot be authorized. If you wish to engage in this internship while an F-1 student in the U.S., it is recommended that you speak with an immigration attorney regarding any possible future impacts.

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 as well as Bank Documentation.

What happens if I enter the U.S. during my internship with a U.S. employer?

Students on an active F-1 status can travel normally with their CPT I-20. Please check with your ISA to obtain a travel signature.