• What is this program? 

The Short High-Impact Project (SHIP) Program is coordinated by the Center for Career Planning (CCP) to help students gain career-related experience through “Micro-Internships” with our alumni and community partners. These opportunities are only available to Christopher Newport students!

  • What is a Micro-Internship?  

These projects provide career-related experience, but only last 10 – 50 hours. You will be hyper-focused on a few tasks to complete a specific project.

  • What is the Timeline of the Program/What is the Time Commitment? 

Students can apply to SHIP projects in the middle of the spring semester. SHIP projects run throughout the summer.

Carefully look at the information about the SHIPs you apply to, dates vary, some Project Hosts are very flexible and some have specific dates in the Summer they want the SHIP to happen. Selected students will receive  SHIP Program Orientation materials from the CCP in early May. Project descriptions list the anticipated number of hours the Project Hosts think the SHIP will take. Students will work with their Project Host to determine a schedule for working on the SHIP.

  • Who Should Apply? 

All interested Captains! Whether you are a Senior or Junior looking for more experience because your internships are still hard to find, or you are a first or second-year student who is looking for ways to be competitive for future internship applications – all are welcome to apply!

  • How Does It Work? 

You can submit up to 5 applications. Review the projects in this booklet and apply to the ones that align with your career interests or provide strong transferable skills to your desired profession. Once you’ve identified projects you are interested in, you will apply in Handshake (links to project posts are at the bottom of each project). You must submit a resume and answers to the two application questions for every position you apply to for full consideration.

  • How Do I Make My Application Stand Out? 

Since students can only apply to up to 5 projects, you must tailor your application materials to each project position. Make sure the answers to the questions you submit are customized to that particular project, really highlight why you want to do the project and work with that organization; and remember: no skill, ability, or past experience is too small to mention in your answers. Also, don’t be afraid to make an appointment with one of our career advisors to go over your application materials before you submit them!

  • Are These Paid Projects? 

We have highly encouraged project hosts to pay students, and many of them are! Some offer hourly wages or modest stipends. There are some unpaid projects, for those unpaid projects at non-profit organizations the hours worked can be counted toward Service Distinction in the Center for Community Engagement.

Questions? – Contact Logan Staton (logan.staton@cnu.edu).