Donna Russell, Assistant Director in the Career Center will serve as the sponsor for all Winter Term internships offered through the office. She is available to sign Winter Term registration forms at each of the internship preparation meetings, or by setting up a meeting with her (call 440-775-8140 or stop by Stevenson-Longman).
At the time that you accept your internship, discuss the details with your Site Supervisor. You need to know the answers to these questions before you make your travel arrangements:
Finding short-term housing in a new city can be challenging. It may take resourcefulness and perseverance to find a place to live. The first step in your housing search is to make a list of all the people you know who have connections in the city where you'd like to live. Include long-lost relatives, friends of friends, even parents of your Oberlin friends who are from that city. Contact everyone on your list to see if they can put you up for awhile, or if they have ideas about where you could look for housing.
In addition to contacting everyone on your housing list, you may wish to use some online sources to widen your search. Check the temporary housing links on the internship section of the Career Center webpage. You may also wish to look into housing options at universities in the city where you will be living. Some universities rent out dorm rooms on a temporary basis, and some have housing offices that list sublet advertisements. You should also check the Oberlin online classifieds to see if any alumni have posted sublets in the city where you'll be.
Occasionally, Oberlin alumni will be willing to provide temporary housing for students. You can search for alumni who are willing to house students in the Obieweb database. Meet with a career advisor for more instructions about how to do this. The number of alumni who have housing available is typically quite low, so don't plan on this option as your only strategy.
The Career Center and the Multicultural Resource Center are pleased to announce the availability of funds for Winter Term through The 1835 Fund. Established by a gift from Oberlin alumni, the fund was named “The 1835 Fund” to commemorate the admission of African American students to the College. The fund serves to reinforce and model successful career paths for African American students after Oberlin. It also provides mentoring opportunities for students as they participate in a career development activity over Winter Term.
Other funding may also be available through the Office of Winter Term, Bonner Center for Service and Learning, Environmental Studies Department, Oberlin Shansi or the Creativity and Leadership Program.