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SwatWorks: Funded Micro-Internships

For Winter & Spring 2021, we are no longer accepting projects from alumni and sponsors.

SwatWorks's micro-internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable college students to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks, as they are mentored by Swarthmore alumni and parents. Unlike traditional internships, micro-internships will be funded through micro-grants offered by Career Services at $500 for a 40 hour project.

Students are committing to a 40 hour project with a mentor for which they will be paid a micro-grant of $500. Maximum grant per project will be $500; projects over 40 hours will not be funded.

Be thoughtful that accepting ONE GRANT PER STUDENT helps us to spread the program widely among more Swarthmore students.

Only current students are eligible for hire.  Eligible class years include 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024.

Important Dates

December 2020 through March 2021: Career Services expects to receive SwatWorks projects from alumni and parent mentors on an ongoing basis.

Project work may begin any time after Dec. 1, 2020 and must be completed by April 1, 2021.

Project completed by February 1 will be paid in March 2021. Projects completed by April 1 will be paid in May 2021.

Alumni: Register your SwatWorks micro-grant project!

Think outside the box - REMOTE diverse projects could be:

  • A book/article/newsletter you’re writing that you need edited. 
  • Research that can be completed remotely.
  • Support in advertising, market research, graphic design, social media presence.
  • Data that needs to be analyzed.
  • A more sophisticated web page. 
  • Coding or programming support. 
  • Painting, designing, crafting, building, 3D printing, writing, etc. 

Swarthmore students have an amazing array of skills and talents and are eager to gain experience. Please consider any short-term REMOTE projects needed by any organization with which you’re affiliated. 

To register your project with Career Services, please complete the Project Registration Form.

Please email us at swatworks@swarthmore.edu with any questions.

Students: Apply for a SwatWorks micro-grant project on Handshake

  1. Write one paragraph about why you would like to do this project, what skills you would bring to this project, or how you would benefit from this project. Upload as an "other document".

  2. Upload your resume in your Handshake application. 

  3. Your applications will be reviewed by mentors as they are submitted; you will be selected by the mentor for their project on a rolling basis and will be offered the project once selected. 

  4. Please reply promptly to the mentor once selected to accept or decline the project. You may of course ask the mentor any clarifying questions you have about the project prior to your decision.

  5. PLEASE NOTE: This is a competitive process. Mentors will choose students for their projects based upon the student's application so be thoughtful as you submit your materials.

  6. ONLY APPLY to projects for which you have time to devote. Consider all your time commitments.

  7. REMEMBER: Many student in our community would like to work and gain experience, so apply only to project about which you are truly interested.

  8. If you are an international student (F1 or J1) considering this opportunity, please contact Jennifer Marks-Gold or Ryan MacMorris. https://www.swarthmore.edu/international-student-center

  9. US Citizens/Resident Alien/DACA students: Please note that students who are United States citizens, Resident Aliens or have current DACA status will not have taxes withheld from the payment (nor will it be reported to the IRS); however, the IRS considers this payment income to the recipient. When filing your tax return, you must report the amount of this payment as income. If you file a FAFSA for financial aid, the payment must also be included as part of your gross income.
  10. International Students: The regulations regarding federal tax withholding and reporting are different for international students who are classified as non-resident aliens for income tax purposes. This income will be reported to the IRS as income to the recipient. As a result, if you are not a United States citizen, you will need to contact Joseph Cataldi in the Business Office (jcatald1@swarthmore.edu) to learn how you will be affected. Be advised that your funds will not be released until this step has been completed.

Mentor/Student Expectations

Because of the many demands on both the mentors and the students, this is designed to be a short-term, yet meaningful exchange. 

  • Communication: Mentors and students should initiate contact after the mentor chooses the Student for their project. They should confirm that their ongoing communication will be via email, phone, Zoom/Skype etc.  A plan for communication about the project will be agreed upon by both.

  • Define Project and Expectations:  The mentor will define the project, specifying that this is a 40 hour project. The student will confirm they understand the necessary tasks and action steps.  

  • Check-In:  The mentor and student will communicate to discuss questions or challenges of the project. Mentor and student will mutually agree upon frequency/schedule of check-ins.

  • Review: The alum will review the project upon completion and offer feedback to the student.

Tips for Mentors

  • Be clear about your expectations. It can be difficult for workers to understand what you want them to accomplish in short-term/remote work projects. Offer examples, input and guidance so work can be completed in the way you are expecting.

  • Be realistic about the number of hours required to complete your project. Check in often to see if your student has questions or is experiencing challenges.

  • Give feedback so students know they are on the right track, prior to conclusion of the 40 hour project period. 

 Tips for Students

  • Ask for specific input and advice and be receptive to input. Consider the perspective others offer you, even if it is not what you want to hear.

  • Be considerate. Be prompt to meetings. If you need to reschedule, give your mentor at least 24 hours’ notice. Recognize that your mentor is busy, and respect his/her time.

  • Be prepared. Respect your mentor’s limited time and come to meetings prepared and organized. Write down your list of questions.

  • Do your best work! Ask for clarification if needed. This may be a small project, but your performance will develop more skills and opportunities. 

  • If you determine the project cannot be fully completed within the 40 hours, communicate this to the mentor as soon as possible and help them understand exactly what you’ll be able to complete within your allotted time frame.

  • Maximum grant per individual student will be $500. We will not approve the extension of a project for one student beyond 40 hours.

Mentor Forms

Student Forms