Sponsored Internships & Experiences Program

Sponsored Internships & Experiences Background Information

At Claremont McKenna College, we believe all of our students should have the opportunity to explore careers and take advantage of experiential learning. We also believe that earlier experiences are more transformative, particularly during the first two years of college. 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.

While job shadowing offers a great introduction to different careers, summer internships are the best way to explore a career while developing meaningful skills and experiences. This is why we have developed the CMC Sponsored Internships & Experiences (SIE) Program. Its goal is to encourage quality student experiences across a variety of industries and geographies that facilitate development and growth. The program provides funding for CMC students, particularly in their first and second summers, to pursue domestic and international experiences of 4 to 12 weeks in length. Alumni philanthropy is responsible for the vast majority of SIE funding.  For domestic SIE funding, preference is given to non-profit and government opportunities. For international SIE funding, all opportunities are considered.

We define internships as structured, supervised and lasting a minimum of 8 weeks.  We define experiences as a form of experiential learning lasting a minimum of 4 weeks.  

Three reasons why you should consider participating:

  1. Because it is the best way to gain valuable work experience before you graduate.
  2. You can develop valuable skills and experience in finding and securing a job in the workplace.
  3. You can explore a profession or industry before committing full-time.

For more details on the 2021 SIE Program, see the 2021 SIE Program Frequently Asked Questions Page.

Applying for SIE funding

All application materials must be submitted through a common application on the Sponsored Internships & Experiences portal on Survey Monkey Apply, an online application website. The application portal will open in February 2022 and will close in May 2022, with funding granted on a rolling basis as opportunities are confirmed.

After logging in using Single Sign On, applicants will provide all the necessary documents directly to Survey Monkey Apply. Materials are not accepted in hard copy or via email. Please note, only one application by each student will be accepted.

Check back for updates to the 2021-2022 SIE funding cycle in September 2021.

Scholar Community Funding

If you are a Scholar Community Student, please click here for additional instructions on accessing your funding. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Milev, Director of Scholar Communities, at bmilev@cmc.edu.

Unique Opportunities

The SIE Program encompasses many unique opportunities for CMC students.  The CMC Summer Research Program and WM Keck Science Department offer summer research opportunities. The Appel Writing Fellowship supports First-Year students in a purposeful, independent experience that culminates in a meaningful writing project, the Gould Center Creative Works Fellowship supports Sophomore students in developing a creative media project, and the Uoroboros Fellowship Program supports a select number of students who undertake a life-transforming summer experience.  Many of the Research Institutes, Centers and Labs offer partnered internships with specific organizations, including the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, the Kravis Lab for Social Impact, the Kravis Leadership Institute, the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, and Roberts Environmental Center.  Students interested in interning/volunteering internationally are encouraged to use the Omprakash Partner Network in their search.  For a complete list of all the unique opportunities available, see the CMC Unique Opportunities Page.

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 and reach out direct to current students or recent alumni to learn more about their experience. This is not a current listing of opportunities but it is an excellent source of ideas as you begin your internship search. You can access the database here.

Internship Housing Guide

Please see the CMC Internship Housing Guide, which has resources to help you search for housing for your summer internship/experiences.  While useful for any housing search, it has specific sections on Los Angeles, San Francisco/Bay Area, Washington, DC, and New York.  Please note, Claremont McKenna College does not endorse any housing listed in the Guide and does not guarantee the service or quality of service offered.

SIE Budget Guide

As part of your SIE Application, you will have to develop a budget for your internship/experience.  Please see the CMC SIE Budget Guide, which contains tools and tips to help you build a successful budget.