2021 SIE Program Frequently Asked Questions

SIE Basics

Internships are structured, supervised and lasting a minimum of 8 weeks. Experiences are a form of experiential learning in a structured or unstructured environment lasting a minimum of 4 weeks. We fund both, but the program preference is for internships.

Career Services has resources available to help you navigate your internship search process and identify internships that you are interested in applying for. These resources are:

Internship Database: The Internship Database is a searchable database of every internship conducted by a CMC student since 2013. You can filter through various internship positions that SIE students have held in the past. You can access the database here.

Career Coaches: Career coaching at CMC is organized by interest clusters and each Career Coach specializes in a few different cluster areas. If you’d like to talk to a Coach about internships, we encourage you to set up an appointment with the Coach whose interest cluster most closely aligns to your internship interest. Coaching appointments can be made via Handshake.

Career Service Mentors: Career Service Mentors can help you prepare your application with cover letter help, resume review, and general application advice. Career Service Mentors are available for walk-in appointments, Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm in the Soll Center for Student Opportunity.

Take a look at CMC’s Unique Opportunities Page for some interesting opportunities open only to CMC students.

For students specifically looking for international internships, two excellent resources are Omprakash and GoinGlobal.

If you are unsure of what interest cluster applies to your internship search, please make an appointment with any Career Coach. If you are a First Year, make an appointment with Amy Hendrickson (via Handshake) for a First Year Coaching appointment.

It is never too early to start looking. However, many great opportunities don’t open until the spring. Talk to the career coach of the interest cluster that you are interested in conducting an internship about that interest cluster’s particular internship search timeline.

Eligibility

Students must be enrolled in Spring 2021 and returning to CMC in the Fall to be eligible for SIE funding this summer.

We believe that earlier experiences are more transformative, particularly during the first two years of college. SIE funding is a limited pool of money. Therefore, we prioritize SIE funding for first and second years. By Junior Year, we hope that you will have gained enough knowledge to focus on a particular career sector, so that you have the opportunity to gain valuable career experiences during your Junior summer to help you in your full-time recruitment. There is limited funding, predominantly from the CMC Research Institutes and Centers, available for Juniors.

Students who are enrolled in the Spring semester AND returning to CMC as a student in the Fall are eligible for SIE funding.

Yes, you still need to apply to SIE. This is how you access your experiential learning stipend. Please contact Brittany Bras (brittany.bras@cmc.edu) for any questions related to scholar funding.

Yes, as long as your responsibilities are significantly different from those of a previous summer at the same organization.

Yes, you can use an internship provider to help you find your internship. However, the SIE program will generally not pay the 3rd Party Program fee. Look closely at what the organization provides and ask for an itemized list of what you are paying for. In some cases, SIE will fund food, lodging, and travel expenses even if those are provided by the 3rd Party Internship Provider. SIE will not cover the administrative cost that pays for the organization to find you an internship placement.

In general, no. The SIE program cannot fund summer academic courses that result in CMC graduation credit. If you have any questions about whether this restriction pertains to your planned experience, contact Garineh Kouredjian (gkouredjian@cmc.edu).

Yes. There is a special exception for students whose summers are shortened by their study abroad commitments. As long as your internship is at least 6 weeks long, you may be considered for funding. But your award amount will be prorated accordingly.

No, it is not. Except for the above study abroad exception, internships must be 8 weeks long. Anything of less duration would be considered an experience. For clarification on internship vs experience please refer to the SIE BASICS Section above.

Remote Internships/Travel & Housing Info

Yes. SIE will be funding remote internships. That funding is still based on the budget a student submits with their application including costs associated that are required to complete the internship. Pending budget availability, additional funding may be available for remote internships that start out remote but then transition to an in-person internship. These requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

For expenses incurred in pursuing a remote internship or experience, SIE will consider funding costs such as internet access, software applications and some essential hardware. That funding is still based on the budget a student submits with their application including costs that are required to complete the internship. We, unfortunately, are not able to help offset "rent or utility charges" by family members.

SIE is only able to fund travel to in-person internships or experiences domestically in a student's home country.

SIE will only pay for domestic travel and housing when a student is required to move to complete the internship or experience. We will only consider funding housing in the same location as the internship.

SIE will be funding remote internships. That funding is still based on the budget a student submits with their application including costs associated which are required to complete the internship. For expenses incurred while living at home, SIE will consider funding costs such as local transportation costs, internet access, software applications and some essential hardware. That funding is still based on the budget a student submits with their application including costs that are required to complete the internship. We, unfortunately, are not able to help offset "rent or utility charges" by family members.

SIE will pay for housing, food & water, local transportation etc. when a student is approved to move to complete the internship or experience. We will only consider funding housing in the same location as the internship.

Application

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis when the application launches on February 1st until May 31, 2021. After February 1, we invite you to submit your SIE application form on SMApply only when you have a confirmed internship or experience.

Please note we would like all SIE applications submitted by May 31st in order to give sufficient time to review applications prior to most internships starting by June 1st. Applying to internships sooner than later will ensure you give yourself enough time to apply, interview, apply to SIE for funding and hear back within 2-3 weeks.

Yes, a confirmed opportunity is a letter, email or other form of documentation that shows an offer has been made to the student by a company or center/institute/program that clearly states you have been awarded the opportunity to join their team. You will be asked to upload this document as a part of the SIE application.

We encourage you to take the time you need to apply to a wide range of opportunities, go on interviews and decide which opportunity is the best fit for you this summer prior to applying for funding. There is no advantage financially if you submit your application sooner. The key is to make a confident decision in your internship or experience this summer and not rush to apply prior to having time to consider all your options.

A complete SIE application has the main application, a letter or email that shows the confirmed opportunity, the internship description, your resume, your unofficial transcript, and your budget. If you are applying for an international opportunity, you will also have to submit the Center for Disease Control and the State Department reports on your intended internship country.

No, please submit only one SIE application. If your internship plans radically change after you submit your application, immediately contact Garineh Kouredjian (gkouredjian@cmc.edu), Assistant Director for the SIE program, to discuss your application changes.

SIE funding is allocated based on an estimated budget that you provide. There will be review process of the budget and any updates or changes will be shared with the student. There are sample budget templates in SMApply for you to use. Please refer to the Budget Guide which contains details on how to create a budget.

SMApply has a simple and straightforward Budget template for you to use. Please see the SIE Budget Guide for details. There will be review process of the budget and any updates or changes will be shared with the student. If you have any other questions, contact Garineh Kouredjian (gkouredjian@cmc.edu) for more in-depth issues.

Acceptance Letter

Your acceptance letter/email should be uploaded to your application in SMApply. It should include a Point-of-Contact at your internship host organization, internship dates, pay status (and if paid, the hourly/weekly/summer wage), and your responsibilities.

Once you accept an internship or job offer, either verbally or in writing, an employment contract has been created. This contract represents an obligation that you are ethically required to uphold. Before you say “yes” to an offer, consider your options carefully and ask for more time to make your decision if you need it. You can always take at least 24 hours before accepting a role and use this time to consult with others for advice, including a Career Coach. If you do accept an offer, you have made a commitment to that employer and it is your ethical responsibility to discontinue interviewing with all other employers, including those who come through to campus. Failure to adhere to your responsibilities may lead to a series of consequences, including the revoking of any SIE funding, revoking of all recruiting privileges (online and in-person) at the college, as well as possible further disciplinary action.

Funding

No, SIE will not be able to fund any academic programs this year.

Yes, you can apply without having accepted an offer however, you must have an offer in hand and made the decision to accept/complete the internship pending your SIE application for funding.

Your award letter directs you back into SMApply for some additional documents and tasks that need to be completed. This includes a confidential Qualtrics form where you will enter additional information to process payments. Once these documents are complete and you hit the submit button, your stipend will be processed. It generally takes about two weeks.

Yes, if you receive compensation from your employer, you will include that money in your budget. If your proposal is selected for funding, we may reduce your award amount, depending on your compensation and related expenses. Be sure to include any anticipated compensation form your host organization in your budget and in your application.

It may, depending on your internship expenses. As such, you must report all sources of internship funding on your SIE application.

If you receive an SIE stipend, you will need to complete a brief online survey at the end of the summer. You will be reminded of this through email and provided the link. This survey is an important way for the college to gather key data that we can share with the donors who make the summer funding possible.

International Students

International students are encouraged to apply to SIE once they have a confirmed offer from an internship or experience including remote opportunities in the US. Within the application you will also submit a budget detailing what costs you would like sponsored by SIE, keeping in mind that, only costs associated required to complete the internship will be considered.

As in previous years, for international students currently living in their home country, SIE will not fund an international student’s airfare back to their home country in order to do a domestic internship. SIE will, however, fund other costs that are directly incurred and required to complete the internship.

Like any SIE cycle, SIE will not fund an international student’s airfare back to the US if they are in their home country for the semester. SIE will fund the other costs that are directly incurred and required to complete the internship. See above for our remote internships and travel policy restrictions.

Internship Credit

Both are CMC courses. INT 98 awards a note on your student transcript, but no academic credit. INT 198 awards academic credit for internships and is taken during the summer. For both, the assignments are due in September 2021.

Go to the CMC Registrar’s website to learn more about your internship registration options, and to register.

Yes. You are responsible for finding your own faculty reader. Remember, you will be working closely with your reader over the summer.