Hive Internships Projects

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Hive Internship Projects

A Guide for Alumnae, Parents, Employers, and Campus Partners

Hive Internship Projects are short-term, virtual experiences that are designed by unbundling long-term internships and separating out individual projects that can be completed remotely. Students benefit from working on a real-world project for an alumna, employer, parent, or campus partner while organizations gain timely support from students.

The deadline to submit projects has been extended to November 13. Students can begin to apply for projects on November 16.

Sample Hive Internship Projects

Fundraising
Fundraising
Supporting nonprofit development work for a youth advocacy foundation
Logo
Logo Design
Designing a new logo and brand for a company in the arts industry
Megaphone
Communications
Working on a communication and social media project for a public health company
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Online Education
Supporting online curriculum development for a new virtual learning company
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Publishing
Completing an annotated bibliography for a book chapter being written by a professor
Public Health
Public Health
Supporting a public health community organization that primarily serves individuals dealing with substance abuse and homelessness

Design a Project

You can design a Hive Internship Project by unbundling a long-term internship and separating out an individual project that can be completed remotely. Students benefit from working on a real-world project, while your company or organization will gain timely support from students. 

 

Project Content

Per Department of Labor and Hive Internship guidelines, Hive Internship Projects should be work that complements, rather than replaces, responsibilities typically completed by paid staff, while providing significant educational benefits to the student. Educational benefits might include building or refining skills, learning about the industry field or project focus, and practicing professional competencies such as teamwork and communication. 

Projects should have a concrete goal that can be completed in the set timeframe. Some examples of project goals are provided in the sample projects listed above (e.g., completing an annotated bibliography).

In addition to the completion of a professional task, Hive Internship Projects are learning opportunities for students, supported through your guided mentorship. Projects should be designed to ensure adequate time for that mentorship to take place. Career Education has written a resource to help you navigate how to both supervise and support the student’s professional development through your project.

 

Project Schedule

Hive Internship Project opportunities should last 40 hours between January 4 and January 29, 2021. The specific schedule for the student’s work within that time period can be determined according to what works best for you, the student, and the nature of the project (e.g., 10 hours/week for 4 weeks, 20 hours/week for 2 weeks, etc.).

The total of 40 hours should be fulfilled through a combination of different activities that will contribute to the student’s educational benefit. In addition to time spent working on the assigned project, some of the hours should be dedicated to activities like mentorship conversations, informational interviews with other members of staff, and shadowing colleagues in meetings or on projects. Hive Internship Projects are educational experiences for students, and these types of activities will help them to practice networking, learn about your industry, and develop general professional competencies.

 

Project Compensation

January Hive Internship Projects are unpaid by Wellesley College, though employers are welcome but not required to pay students per internal HR guidelines and practices. Students will receive nonacademic credit upon successful completion of the Project. 

 

Tips for Writing a Hive Internship Project Description

Hive Internship Project descriptions should be as detailed as possible so students fully understand the scope of work, outcomes expected upon completion, and how the project fits into the larger workflow of your organization. Project descriptions should include the following information:

  • A brief summary of your company or organization, including details about its mission and core values
  • An overview of project responsibilities, tasks, and projected end goals
  • Particular skills or knowledge students will need to complete the project
  • The anticipated student learning outcomes upon completion of the project, articulating the skills and knowledge that a student can gain from the experience

Below you will find two examples of effective Hive Internship Project descriptions as a guide:

Organization A, located in Peru, is an organization that designs low-cost air filtration units for schools. Air pollution is an increasingly pertinent issue around the globe and children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of air pollution as they breathe more rapidly than adults. 

Along with installing filtration units we will also be holding educational sessions at Peruvian secondary schools aided by self-constructible air-filtration tool kits to expose students to climate focused engineering solutions. Through building activities and discussions about sustainability and air pollution we will teach students the importance of sustainable practices, dangers of indoor air-pollution and inspire future innovation on these issues. 

As our Website Development/Graphic Design Intern you’ll be helping us develop a website for this project. We’d like you to populate the website with content regarding our work and create accompanying graphics such as a logo. This will involve communicating with different teams to keep track of progress and developments so you can present them well on the website. We’re open to anyone interested in learning how to develop a website even if you don’t have past website design experience. We’d also support you throughout the content writing process. 

This is an ongoing project so you would also be welcome to continue working with us beyond this summer.

About the Company
Company B is a cybersecurity and managed IT organization equipping financial services with cyber protection and technology support. Specifically, across the alternative investment space, Company B has extensive experience building, maintaining, optimizing and securing IT infrastructure for the world's most prestigious hedge fund, private equity, and asset management firms. With more than 250 employees, our culture prioritizes timely communication to provide unrivaled service across all of our solutions including managed detection and response, cybersecurity programs, virtual CISO (vCISO) support, monitoring, and disaster prevention and recovery. Company B is headquartered in Boston, MA, with additional offices in San Francisco, CA., Ann Arbor, MI., Mumbai, India, and London, England. 

Internship Project Overview
Develop a strategy and plan for an internship, apprenticeship, and college graduate program for Agio so they can build a sustainable pipeline of future talent and increase their efforts around diversity and inclusion. 

  • 4 week internship opportunity during the month of January (40 hours per week)
  • Report to the Chief People Officer (Wellesley College alum) and be a part of the HR team
     

Desired Outcomes

  • Increase diversity of the Company B talent pool
  • Improve quality of talent in a cost effective manner
  • Build a sustainable pipeline of future talent
  • Increase engagement, performance, and retention of the Company B team
     

Key Activities and Deliverables

  • Interview business leaders to create target candidate profiles for the program (akin to a “job description” / who we are looking for)
  • Develop employer branding strategy and materials in partnership with marketing
  • Conduct research to identify what our target population values in terms of benefits, opportunities, etc. (e.g., should we offer student loan contributions v. 401k?)
  • Estimate cost of rolling out the program
  • Research schools we should target to match our needs 
  • Identify training requirements and development / mentorship opportunities for the program
  • Build a project plan to implement the new program

Tips for Virtual Management

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Providing Virtual Mentorship

Supervising a student remotely comes with some unique challenges, but Career Education has designed a resource to help you create a successful and impactful virtual experience.

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Step-by Step Tips

Our technical support document walks you through how to log-in to The Wellesley Hive and post your Hive Internship Project, and provides answers to FAQs about the posting process.

Contacts

For support posting your Hive Internship Project, please contact kryan4@wellesley.edu. For support with Hive login & technical questions, contact hive@wellesley.edu.