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Explore different career paths and work on interesting short-term assignments while demonstrating your abilities to potential employers and building your professional portfolio and network. Plus, you get paid for your work!


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What are Gigs/Micro-Internships?

Gigs and micro-internships are short-term, focused experiences with clearly defined parameters, goals, and deliverables. These are paid hours (5-40 hours total) to work on one project. 


  • Work remotely (most opportunities)
  • Receive payment for your work
  • Explore new career paths
  • Gain new skills
  • Expand your network by proving yourself to employers
  • Work with diverse employers and people
  • Evaluate employers to ensure mutual fit
  • Improve your chances of being hired for future internships and/or full-time positions
  • Open to students from all majors: undergraduate, graduate, and recent graduates
Gigs and micro-internships provide employers with immediate support while identifying and evaluating candidates for future hiring needs.


  Gig/Micro-Internship Co-op Internship
Scope Specific Project Multiple projects and duties (typically) Multiple projects and duties (typically)
Duration Measured in estimated work hours for the project to be completed Measured in academic semesters (one or multiple) Measured in academic semesters (one or multiple)
Work Hours 5-40 (total) Minimum: 120 hours, equivalent to 8 hours/week for one semester (typically) Minimum: 120 hours, equivalent to 8 hours/week for one semester (varies by academic department)
Compensation Paid (hourly rate) Paid Paid or unpaid
Employee Type Contract worker; not an employee Typically considered an employee; part-time or full-time Typically considered an employee; part-time or full-time
Earning Academic Credit Difficult to earn credit due to small number of hours. Many students take CEP 300: Cooperative Education. Learn more here. Many students earn credit with academic internships. Learn more here and talk to your academic advisor.



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