Welcome to Launch Bridges

Launch Bridges Micro-Internships:

Enhance your résumé and complete an Immersive Experience by working with an expert on a project of your interest

Launch Bridges micro-internships are short project-based experiences designed to develop your network, enhance your résumé, and complete an Immersive Experience in an accessible way and a manageable amount of time. You will be mentored by a subject matter expert and supported by Launch Center staff as you engage in your micro-internship. 

Identify the project that interests you through one of three approaches: 

  1. a) By searching and applying for posted projects
  2. b) By exploring potential projects with an expert in your area of your interest
  3. c) By requesting the support of an expert for a project you are interested in completing. 

Ninety-four percent of recruiters are seeking college graduates with meaningful experiences and that working with a mentor has been found to enhance college students’ academic and career satisfaction and success? Make a Launch Bridges project one of your mentored, Immersive Experiences!  

Micro-internships: Finding a Project Offered by a Project Facilitator

Most Launch Bridges projects are offered by a local employer or alum for students to complete. These projects are well-defined, short-term commitments that you need to apply for and be selected for prior to beginning work.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Search Drew Connect for a listing of open projects.
  2. Apply for the project or projects that most closely aligns with the skills you want to develop and connections you’d like to make. 
  3. The alum or employer may wish to interview you.
  4. If selected, you’ll hear from the alum or local employer facilitating the project and will get a notification from us on your next steps. 
  5. You’ll work through the Launch Bridges Pathways’ steps to satisfy your Immersive Experience requirement. 

Option #1: Making Connections to Build a Project

Don’t see a project on which you want to work? We can connect you with a member of the Drew network based on your interests to discuss what you’re passionate about and build something collaboratively. 

Here’s how it works: 

  1. First, think about what type of project would interest you. What are you looking to learn? What skills do you want to develop? 
  2. Communicate your thoughts with our staff from the previous step. We’ll set up an appointment with you to discuss your options and how best to proceed.
  3. Once we have discussed your ideas with you, we’ll match you with a local employer or alum with expertise in your area of interest. We will then be on hand to help you develop a project collaboratively that meets your needs.
  4. Once you have found a project facilitator and developed your project, you will work through the Launch Bridges Pathways’ steps to satisfy your Immersive Experience requirement. 

Option #2: Finding a Facilitator for Your Own Project

Have your own project in mind? We can connect you with a local employer or alum with expertise in your area of interest to help launch your project or take your idea to the next level. 

Here’s how it works:

  1. First, communicate your project idea or plan to our team. Let us know what you plan to do, the timeline on which you’re working, and what sort of guidance you find most helpful. 
  2. Next, we’ll send you some recommendations for project facilitators with whom you may want to connect. These could be local employers, alums, or Drew faculty or staff with expertise in your project area. 
  3. You will review the list of recommendations we send to you and select the subject matter expert or mentor with whom you are most interested in working. 
  4. Once you have found your subject matter expert or mentor, you will complete your project while working through the Launch Bridges Pathways steps. Need support along the way? Just let us know! 

Questions?

Have questions about a project-based internship? Reach out to career@drew.edu for more information.

If your question has to do with the DrewConnect platform, the signup process, or other technical issues, please email alumni@drew.edu.

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