What is the MUSE Internship Program?
The MUSE Internship Program offers non-academic campus offices and departments an opportunity to partner with MUSE to create and co-sponsor paid, mentored undergraduate student internships within those departments. The goal of these internships is to provide students with professional experience, learning opportunities, and program development experience within a department on campus. At the same time, the partnering department that mentors the intern will benefit from having a student around to lend a helping hand. MUSE will provide funding to the partnering department to cover 50% of the student’s wages, up to $900 per fall and spring semester and $750 per summer semester.
How to become part of the MUSE Internship Program:
Any non-academic campus department is welcome to submit an application for a MUSE Internship. Applications must clearly state the internship duties, objectives and goals, educational and professional components, and desired qualifications of the intern. Applications must also identify a mentoring individual within the partnering department who will closely guide the intern through the duration of the internship. Keep in mind the selection process is highly competitive, so thoroughness on the application is encouraged.
In light of the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, internships for the 2020-21 academic year should be designed to accommodate a full transition to online work if necessary.
MUSE Internship Details:
The department mentoring the intern has full responsibility for the hiring process, including advertising the position, selecting the intern, and on-boarding the intern. The department should follow official hiring practices set by Human Resources, usually utilizing the Student Job (SJ) designation, and the student intern should track their hours in Kronos. While we understand and appreciate that each department faces its own institutional requirements, to the extent that it’s possible and for the benefit of the students involved we strongly encourage our partners to offer these positions at $12.00 per hour for at least 10 hours of work per week. Internships typically span 15 weeks during Fall and Spring semesters and 12 weeks during Summer semester. (Note: In some cases, MUSE also supports internships with varied hours, duration, and wages. However, we cannot exceed a maximum financial contribution of $900 per semester in fall and spring and $720 per semester in summer.) MUSE’s financial contribution occurs in two batches: one up-front payment at the beginning of the semester, and one final payment at the end of the semester when the intern's mentor has provided MUSE a full accounting of the hours the intern worked.
As noted above, mentorship is a primary component of MUSE Internships. In order to receive co-sponsorship from MUSE, the mentor over the internship must fulfill all expectations on our Mentor Expectations list. Visit the Mentor Information Page or click here to see the full list of expectations.
Deadlines to Apply for a MUSE Internship:
All internship applications must be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m. on the following dates:
- Deadline for Fall 2020 internship applications: Friday, August 14, 2020
- Deadline for Spring 2021 internship applications: Friday, November 20, 2020
If you have any questions, please contact Libby Henriksen at firstname.lastname@example.org.