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Frequently Asked Questions

Sophomores and juniors can apply for MHC-IIP opportunities. We encourage first-year students to attend one of our information sessions to learn more about our program and the application process.

Students apply for MHC-IIP opportunities through Handshake and secure funding through the Lynk Universal Application Funding.

Complete Step 1 (orientation, advising and resume) by 5pm by the third Friday of February. You do not need an internship secured for Step 1.

MHC-IIP invites your recommender to either complete an online form or email a letter of reference (if preferred).  Please direct your faculty recommender to the Faculty References for MHC-IIP Applicants page for details.

MHC-IIP internships require a minimum 240 hour commitment. Typically, placements are eight weeks in length, while some last as long as twelve weeks.

It is the responsibility of the student to determine if she needs a visa and/or immunizations for the country in which she will be interning. Students who are U.S. citizens should check the U.S. State Department and the hosting country's website to determine visa requirements. Non-U.S. citizens should check their host country's website for visa requirements. Students should also consult the Center for Disease Control to get information about immunization requirements and recommendations for your host country.

Funding is awarded for MHC-IIP opportunities under the Lynk UAF, which provides $3000 for US internships and $3600 of international internships. Additional funding adjustments may be added depending on where your internship takes place. This funding is intended to support travel to your host country, as well as housing and living expenses.   The student is given responsibility to manage this budget.

A committee of MHC faculty and McCulloch Center staff assesses candidates based on how the internship fits into the student’s academic program and the student’s ability to be successful in the position (e.g., academic preparation, adaptability, initiative, maturity).  For many positions, the internship host will also be involved in the decision making process and finalist candidates may be required to interview (generally by video conference).

Begin your Lynk UAF application in the Applications section of the Self Service area on my.mtholyoke.edu in the fall. (Lynk UAF opens after the LEAP Symposium each year)

Visit the Lynk UAF orientation page for a detailed overview of the process.