Frequently Asked Questions

The Purposeful Work Internship Program supports students as they explore interests, deepen skills, and build networks; connects students with core employers that plan to hire Bates students each summer, and provides the opportunity to apply for funding, thanks to the generosity of donors. Click on the questions below to learn more.

Eligibility

Which class years are eligible?+
All first years, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to participate in the Purposeful Work Internship Program.

Are international students eligible?+
Yes. Students must apply for either CPT or OPT to get work authorization. Click here for more information.

I participated in the Purposeful Work Internship Program last year. Am I eligible to participate again?+
Yes. Visit Handshake for details. In years where student demand exceeds available funding, priority will be given to students who have not been awarded Purposeful Work Internship funding previously through this process..

I applied for funding from the Purposeful Work Internship Program last year. Am I eligible to apply again?+
Yes. Visit Handshake for details and to access the funding application. In years where student demand exceeds available funding, priority will be given to students who have not been awarded Purposeful Work Internship funding previously through this process.

I am studying abroad. Can I still participate?+
Yes. All of the program requirements are designed with the flexibility to complete them whether you are on campus or off. Visit Handshake for details.

I think I completed the required eligibility steps; how do I know for sure if I’m in good standing?+
Purposeful Work Internship Program staff will manually update your Handshake status within 24 business hours of your completion of program requirements. You will see a “Purposeful Work internships 2018/2019” label on your Handshake profile on the right-hand side of your Profile page listed under Labels.  Once all of these labels are applied to your account, you will be able to submit applications to core employers via Handshake. If you have individual questions, email purposefulworkinternships@bates.edu.

What do I have to do to be eligible to apply for funding? +
You must complete three simple steps: log into Handshake, complete an online skills assessment, and visit the Center for Purposeful Work for resume and cover letter feedback. Visit Handshake for details.

What do I have to do to be eligible to apply to PW internships with core employers?+
You must complete three simple steps: log into Handshake, complete an online skills assessment, and visit the Center for Purposeful Work for resume and cover letter feedback. Visit Handshake for details.

Are there requirements during the summer?+
Yes. Students will respond to brief online weekly reflection prompts, and students will complete Pre-, Mid- and Post-Internship Surveys. Visit Handshake for details.

How do I know if my internship is eligible for the Purposeful Work Internship Program's funding?+
Your summer internship must be at least 300 hours. The internship must have demonstrated, concrete job responsibilities as reflected in a job description. There must be a specific supervisor for the internship.  For complete application requirements and details, please visit Handshake for details.

Deadlines

For the most updated information on dates and important deadlines, please visit the Purposeful Work Internship Program page in Handshake.

Funding

If selected to receive an internship award, what amount of funding will I be awarded?+
Participants in the Purposeful Work Internship Program may receive up to $4,000. Individual internship awards vary.

What criteria are used when determining which students will receive internship awards?+
Rubric: Because student requests exceed available funding annually, award decisions are based on the quality of the application, the students’ proposed learning goals, the strength of the internship opportunity and its connection to an individual’s exploration of purposeful work, and demonstrated financial need. The Selection Committee will use the following rubric when considering individual applications: (Scale 1 -3. A score of 3 is the highest.) 1. Quality of Application Spelling/Grammar Answered Questions Effectively Complete Application 2. Quality of Experience How does the experience contribute to your exploration of purposeful work? 3. Class Year Junior 3 Sophomore 2 1st Year 1 4. Financial Need High 3 Medium 2 Low 1 No Need 0 5. Statement of Need Extenuating Circumstances 3 Compelling Circumstances 2 No Additional Need 1 6. Received PW Internship Funding Previously: -1 Due to our efforts to support as many students’ exploration as possible through this program, priority will be given to students who have not been awarded Purposeful Work funding previously. Students will not receive Purposeful Work funding for more than two summers, except in rare cases. This includes funding awarded through this competitive application process and funding received for PW internships with Bates-subsidized core employers.

Where do I apply for funding?+
The online PW Internship Funding Request Application is now available.  The deadline to submit a complete application is Monday, March 4.

When is my funding application due?+
There are three application deadlines: March 4, 2019 at 11:55 PM: 1st Round Funding Request Applications Due April 8, 2019 at 11:55 PM: 2nd Round Funding Request Applications Due May 6, 2019 at 11:55 PM: 3rd Round Funding Request Applications Due

When will I hear back whether I’ve been awarded funding?+
The Selection Committee will review applications and notify students within two weeks of the application deadlines. For example, if you apply by March 4, you will hear by March 15.

Do I have to have been offered an internship to apply for funding?+
Yes.

If I have received multiple unpaid internship offers, can/should I submit more than one funding application?+
Yes. You are applying for funding for a specific internship, and funding decisions will be made based on what you tell us about the specific internship.

If I have been selected to receive PW funding and then decide to accept a different internship, may I use my funding award for a different opportunity?+
No. You are applying for funding for a specific internship, and funding decisions will be made based on what you tell us about the specific internship.

How competitive is the funding application pool for this summer?+
We anticipate that it will be competitive. In 2018, 53% of students who applied for funding were selected for an internship award. Due to our efforts to support as many students’ exploration as possible through this program, priority will be given to students who have not been awarded Purposeful Work funding through this process previously.

If I have been accepted for a PW internship with one of the core employers (e.g., Hillview), do I need to submit a funding application?+
No. All PW internships with core employers are guaranteed funding – from the employer or from Bates. The Purposeful Work Internship Program has allocated internship awards for PW internships with core employers whose employers do not pay directly. Email purposefulworkinternships@bates.edu if you want to confirm the specifics of your situation.

If I am selected to receive an internship award, when will I actually receive the award?+
Internship awards will be received via direct deposit in multiple parts during the summer.  Specific information about this will be provided upon notification of the award.

Core Employers

Who are the core employers? Or, what are the Purposeful Work internships?+
Core employers in diverse industries and locations collaborate with the Purposeful Work Internship Program with the intention of hiring a Bates student each summer. All Purposeful Work internships with core employers are paid – either by the employers themselves or through internship awards from Bates College. In summer 2019, Bates students have direct access to over 70 core employers with internships in the arts, education, entrepreneurship, environment, finance, government, healthcare, law, marketing, nonprofit, real estate, retail, science research & development, sports, and technology. First years, sophomores, and juniors who complete program preparation requirements are eligible to apply for Purposeful Work internships with core employers. Visit Handshake and search for internships with “PW” in the title for details and to apply. Bates and Asia internships in China, Hong Kong, Nepal, Taiwan, and Vietnam are included in this core employer network. Learn more here.

Can I only participate in the program if I apply to one of the PW internships with core employers?+
No! You have the opportunity to apply to or create an internship that is of interest to you and your career exploration. In summer 2018, nearly half of the students in the Purposeful Work Internship Program interned with organizations outside the core employer network. As long as your internship is at least 300 hours total, has demonstrated, concrete job responsibilities as reflected in a job description, and a specific supervisor, it is an eligible opportunity for this program.

I applied for an internship and haven’t heard back from the employer. When will I?+
It varies. Whether a core employer or an employer not formally affiliated with the Purposeful Work Internship Program, employers take different approaches and have different timelines. In many cases, employers only contact candidates invited to interview. A small number of core employers conducted interviews on campus. In these cases, Purposeful Work Internship Program staff are more involved in follow up to all candidates.

Other Summer Grants

Are there other Bates-funded summer opportunities?+
Yes! Bates offers many opportunities for you to make the most of your summer, from challenging research experiences and life-changing civic engagement projects to exciting internships and international travel fellowships. Check out Handshake for hundreds of summer research, civic engagement, volunteer, employment, and internship opportunities.

We encourage you to also explore options with the Dean of Faculty’s Office and the Harward Center.  For more information, check out the Summer Funded Opportunities page.

Summer Housing

Will this program or the Center for Purposeful Work help me find summer housing?+
No. You are responsible for finding your own housing. If you are interning with a Bates-funded internship through the Purposeful Work Internship Program, you can pursue on-campus housing at Bates. You might also refer to the Summer Housing and Transportation Guide available here on the Center for Purposeful Work website for ideas. Talk to other Bates students as well – for example, during the spring workshop. You might be able to find leads of others looking for roommates or interning in the same city as you.

Need to Know More?

Where do I go for detailed information about the program?+
Visit Handshake for details and to track progress. You must complete all program requirements to be eligible to apply for PW internships with core employers. You must complete all program requirements to be eligible to apply for an internship award from Bates.

What do I do if I have questions?+
Review www.bates.edu/purposeful-work/internship-program/. Many of your questions are likely answered there. Need more guidance? Contact purposefulworkinternships@bates.edu.