What are Micro-Internships? What’s a LionLink Project?

Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable Career Launchers to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right full-time role. Unlike traditional internships, Micro-Internships can take place year-round, typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and are due between one week and one month after kick-off. Micro-Internships are used by companies ranging from those in the Fortune 100 to emerging start-ups, and go across departments including sales, marketing, technology, HR, and finance.

LionLink Projects is a program that provides opportunities to get real-world experience and build your résumé by applying the knowledge you have learned in the classroom. It connects students and recent graduates with Penn State alumni through project-based work. Alumni post projects that students or recent graduates can complete within 2-8 weeks. You get great experience and make valuable connections. Alumni who sponsor projects gain support for their company or organization from talented Penn State students and new graduates.

Benefits of Micro-Internships/LionLink Projects

When you are launching your career, Micro-Internships provide a tremendous opportunity. Not only can you explore different career paths and work on interesting assignments, you can also demonstrate your abilities to potential employers while building your professional portfolio and network. Beyond that, your academic experience will improve as you apply what is taught in the classroom to the real world (and vice versa). Oh, did we forget to mention that you get paid to complete microinternships?

LionLink Projects similarly help you build tangible experience while building professional connections. Note that LionLink Projects may be paid OR unpaid.

How to Apply for Micro-Internships

The Smeal College of Business connects students and employers to micro internship opportunities through the Parker Dewey platform. Follow these easy steps to apply for a micro internship.

• Click the link to the Smeal customized site
• Create an account in less than five minutes
• Complete your profile – Make sure to fill in all sections to best communicate your skills and abilities to prospective employers
• Begin searching for projects

Additionally, you can search Nittany Lion Careers and Forage to find more internship and micro internship opportunities.

How to Apply for LionLink Projects

Step 1: Log into your LionLink account. If you do not have an account, visit https://psulionlink.peoplegrove.com

Step 2: Click on the “Jobs” tab.

Step 3: Go to “Experiential Learning Projects” and click on “Explore Projects”

Step 4: Apply to projects.

More information: https://www.alumni.psu.edu/lionlinkprojects

Questions? Contact Holly Stoltzfus, Alumni Career Services, 814-867-1398 or hjs30@psu.edu