A Note For SIE Applicants (Updated January 9, 2021)
The CMC Sponsored Internships & Experiences (SIE) program will be accepting funding applications for the summer of 2021. The application will open on February 1, 2021 and will close at the beginning of June. Similar to last year, we will be granting funding on a rolling basis as opportunities are confirmed. After February 1, we invite you to submit your SIE application form on SMApply only when you have a confirmed internship or experience. A big change this year is that you will be able to create and access your application using Single Sign On (your usual CMC log-on credentials).
Last summer we were unable to sponsor any non-essential travel, which meant that all students needed to update their plans to find either remote or local internships and experiences. The situation today is still very fluid. As of now, this CMC-wide policy is under review and we will let you know when the COVID Compliance Committee has made its decision for summer 2021. We recommend that you take the current policy into consideration when planning your summer, incorporating opportunities that you could possibly do remotely or locally that require minimal travel.
Most importantly, we are excited to announce that we have a new person leading the SIE program - Garineh Kouredjian. She has been updating the application and procedures to make the funding process as seamless and straightforward as possible. We encourage you to reach out to Garineh to brainstorm ideas and get all your questions answered. You can reach Garineh at email@example.com.
In the meantime, please take the next few weeks to connect with helpful resources, reflect on your current environment, and submit your application when you have a clear sense of your confirmed opportunity and funding needs. Please also take into account how the current uncertainty, especially around travel and in-person interaction, may continue to impact opportunities. Please watch out for updates over the coming weeks from the Soll Center for Student Opportunity team.
Above all, please know you are not alone! We are hopeful that you will reach out to us to assist you. We are here to help you navigate this process and ensure you have a productive summer, even if it is a little different from your original plans.
Thinking of you,
Garineh and the CMC Career Services Team
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:
- Because it is the best way to gain valuable work experience before you graduate.
- You can develop valuable skills and experience in finding and securing a job in the workplace.
- 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 opens on February 1, 2021.
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.
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 Brittany Bras at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SIE Program encompasses many unique opportunities for CMC students. The Appel Writing Fellowship supports First-Year students in a purposeful, independent experience that culminates in a meaningful writing project. The Kravis Leadership Institute and the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights offer partnered internship opportunities for select CMC students. Students interested in interning/volunteering internationally are encouraged to use the Omprakash Partner Network in their search. For a complete list of these unique opportunities, see the CMC Unique Opportunities Page.
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.
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.