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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.
|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.|