Relevant, Substantive Learning Opportunities

To qualify for Lynk Universal Application Funding, an internship or research project must be both substantive and relevant:



To be substantive, the internship should consist of at least 240 work hours and provide roles and responsibilities that exercise your ability to think analytically and creatively, and contribute meaningfully to the organization’s stated mission.  The position may include some non-substantive elements, like shadowing, filing or weeding, but these should not make up the bulk of the experience. As an intern, you should report to and receive regular guidance from a professional, on-site supervisor with expertise in the field of the experience.  Your roles, responsibilities and supervision plan should all be documented in a job description or similar document.


A substantive research opportunity should consist of at least 240 work hours and provide you with an opportunity to contribute significantly to the outcome of a research project, and to develop research skills. Whether the research is in an established setting or an independent project, you should have a plan in place to receive regular guidance from a faculty research mentor with expertise in the field of the research.   The substance of your research project should be established in a proposal outlining the research question and significance, project design and a plan for evaluation and presentation.  


The experience must relate demonstrably to your personal learning goals and aspirations, and be relevant to one or more of MHC’s learning objectives.  You should be able to communicate how your internship or research experience is relevant to personally defined goals and aspirations – both academic and professional.  In addition, because the internship or research experience is meant to contribute to your overall program of learning at MHC, you should be prepared to explain how the experience relates to to one or more of MHC’s learning goals.