Hive Internship Projects: Student FAQs

What is a Hive Internship Project?

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 alum or employer, while organizations gain timely support from students. Opportunities are 40 to 80 hours in total between June 13 – August 26, 2022. 

 

Why should I complete a Hive Internship Project?

Hive Internships give you an opportunity to work on a real-world project designed especially for Wellesley students. Because of their short time commitment and virtual nature, HIPs offer flexibility not always possible with a traditional internship. Students who participated in HIPs in the past shared that some of the most significant benefits of participating in the program include:

  • Gaining individualized mentorship and support from a Wellesley alum, parent, or employer
  • Engaging in fields not always accessible to college students such as podcasting, architecture, investing, and graduate research
  • Learning about and exploring a career industry or pathway
  • Rapidly developing new knowledge and skills
  • Completing a project that can be included on a resume and/or portfolio
  • Making connections with industry professionals through informational interviews
  • Experiencing a virtual work environment

 

Am I eligible to apply for a Hive Internship Project? 

All sophomores and first-year students at Wellesley are eligible to participate in the Summer Hive Internship Projects. 

International students in those class years may be eligible, but must make an appointment with Jill Ostrowski, Slater Center International Student Advisor Slater, to confirm eligibility to apply for CPT before submitting a Hive Internship Project application. Eligibility for CPT is required to participate in the Summer HIPs program.

 

Are these paid opportunities?

All Hive Internship Projects are paid, though funding amounts may vary. When reviewing projects on the Hive, it will be clear how much the opportunity pays. 

Regardless of compensation amount, students who complete a Hive Internship Project can be awarded 0.5 non-academic credit for their experience upon completion of a required Hive Pathway, which you will be able to access after being hired for a project. 

 

What must I do to earn internship credit for my Hive Internship Project?

Students participating in a Hive Internship Project are eligible to receive 0.5 non-academic credit. While this credit does not count toward degree requirements, it will appear on a student's transcript to document the completion of an experiential learning opportunity. 

To earn the credit, students need to complete the required Hive Pathway exercises throughout their Hive Internship Project (e.g., Goal setting, Reflection). The short activities are not meant to overburden students, rather they are designed to support students and help them reflect and develop their career readiness skills. The Career Education team will send more information about accessing the Hive Pathway exercises at the start of your Hive Internship Project.

If a student does not complete their Hive Internship Project or the Hive Pathway exercises in full, they will not be eligible to receive internship credit.

 

I am an international student. Can I participate in Hive Internship Projects, and what should I know?

International students must make an appointment with Jill Ostrowski, Slater Center International Student Advisor Slater, to confirm eligibility to apply for CPT before submitting HIPs applications. Eligibility for CPT is required to participate in the Summer HIPs program.

 

What’s the application timeline and when should I apply? 

Students may apply for projects between May 4, 2022 and May 20, 2022 (Noon). Employers will then interview and select final candidates by May 27, 2022.

 

How many projects can I apply to? 

You can apply for up to three projects, but you will only be eligible to complete one Hive Internship Project during the summer program. 

 

Where can I find a list of available Hive Internship Projects? 

Please log into the Wellesley Hive. Go to the Opportunities section and select 'Explore Projects' under 'Experiential Learning Project' to view all the available Hive Internship Projects. Projects can be filtered by industry. Students may apply for projects between May 4 – May 20, 2022. Applications are not reviewed on a rolling basis, so there is no pressure to apply early. Employers will interview and select final candidates by May 27, 2022. 

 

What if I don’t see a project that’s interesting to me? 

Being open to a variety of projects will enable you to gain skills regardless of whether the project perfectly aligns with your industry or interest or not. Think broadly about the skills and type of experience you’d like to gain through your Hive Internship Project, and remember that you can likely achieve these goals through work in many different industries. 

For example, you might be interested in communications and marketing and hope to find a project with a media company. However, work related to communications and marketing can be found across all industries. Maybe you’ll come across a project to create a social media strategy for a healthcare start-up, or a project to create web and print materials for a food bank. Neither organization may be a media company, but both projects will enable you to gain relevant skills and experience.

 

How do I apply for a Hive Internship Project? 

  • Log into the Wellesley Hive. Go to the Opportunities section and select 'Explore Projects' under 'Experiential Learning Project' to view all the available HIPs
  • Explore the available projects by clicking on project name to see details.
  • To apply, click on the application form link listed in the project posting and follow the instructions as directed.
  • You will need to upload your resume, and responses to two questions that speak to your interest in the project and the strengths you will bring to the work (250 words max per response). The employer might request additional documents; make sure to read through the instructions.
  • If you have questions or problems once you submit an application, please email hips@wellesley.edu.

I applied! What do I do now? 

Employers will reach out to applicants directly via the email address listed on the application resume. Some alums/employers may virtually interview you, while others may simply communicate over email. Make sure to be on the lookout for communications so that you don’t miss an interview request. 

If you receive an offer, you will have two days to commit or decline the offer. If you apply to multiple projects, it is possible that you might receive multiple offers. Students may only complete one project this summer. 

 

How can I make the most of my Hive Internship Project?

Because Hive Internship Projects are so brief, it is important to take time in the beginning to reflect on your goals for the experience. Are there skills you want to develop, people you hope to talk with, and/or projects you plan to complete? Write these down for yourself and then share these goals with your supervisor in an initial conversation. This is also a good opportunity to ask your supervisor about their goals for the experience. It is important that you and your supervisor are in alignment with one another so that you can be sure to meet expectations and your supervisor can be most supportive in terms of giving you the experiences, tasks, and feedback you need to grow. Also talk with your project supervisor about expectations for synchronous versus asynchronous scheduling. Are there specific meetings that you need to attend or times you should be available virtually?

As you move through the internship, make sure to return to these goals. Are you making the progress you’d hoped? Have your goals changed? In your remaining time, what action steps do you need to take to make sure you’ve accomplished what you set out to do.

The Career Education advising team has written a resource to help you make the most of your time working on your project. It provides helpful guidance and strategies for working on virtual projects, including:

  • Building a relationship with your supervisor
  • Communicating clearly
  • Dealing with different time zones
  • Staying organized
  • Finding motivation and staying on task
  • Taking initiative and being resourceful
  • Creating boundaries 

 

How will I be supported by Career Education throughout my project?

Throughout your experience, all participants will be supported by Career Education Pathways that are designed to offer experiential learning resources and reflection exercises. All students engaging in Hive Internship Projects will be given access to the required Hive Pathway at the start of their project. Also, remember that your Career Education advising team is here to support you at any stage of the process, from applying to reflecting and anything in between. Don't hesitate to book an appointment through Handshake.