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Haile Micro-Internships

Haile Micro-Internships are short-term paid projects developed by faculty members, similar to what interns or entry level new-hires would work on for an organization. A team of two to three students and a faculty lead is created per project. Freshmen and Sophmores are paired with Junior and Seniors. The scope of work consists of a maximum of 20 working hours per student. The faculty lead is responsible for all communication and oversight of work.

These projects enable students to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks.

   How it Works

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Once your application is reviewed, eligible students will receive an email invitation from Olena Pilyayeva, Director of Recruitment & Retention. Once accepted into the program you can apply for available micro-internships that interest you.

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Dive In

If selected, you will work directly with the faculty lead and your teammate(s) on the project. The faculty lead will schedule a kick-off call where they will supply you with further direction, ensure that you understand the project requirements, and how to get in touch with them as you work to complete this project.

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After the Project

Once complete, you'll recieve feedback from your faculty lead to help you learn and grow (each student will receive their own evaluation). Add your project experience to your resume as an Independent Consultant for Center for Student Excellence, feature it on your LinkedIn profile, and ask your faculty lead to leave a public reference on your LinkedIn profile - we recommend doing all three as they will highlight your achievement and be enticing to future employers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Previous Haile Micro-Internship Projects 

What Students Say


Addison Frazier
Accounting Major
Spring 2021 Haile Micro-Internship Mentor

This Micro Internship [“Voiding the Gap between Practitioners and Academicians”] was able to help me learn more about the field I hope to be a part of while also allowing me to stay focused on my studies at the same time. I really appreciated all of the opportunities presented by the Haile College of Business to help allow students to participate in more "hands on" learning.”


Tayzhan Miles
Sports Business and Event Management Major
Fall 2020 Connect Ahead/Haile Micro-Internship Mentor

While being a mentor, I had the opportunity to help my rookies through some of the problems they were facing in their college and personal lives. Then as an intern my problem solving ability was key when it came to implementing our plan for respondent recruiting and working through the obstacles that came with that experience.

Caesar Bao
Neuroscience Major & Music Minor
Spring 2021 Haile Micro Internship Rookie & Mentor

I worked as a fellow researcher with Dr. Jose Saavedra Torres during this internship. I learned so much about marketing, specifically social media marketing working with him. The three skills I developed most among the skills posted by COB are professionalism/work ethic, critical thinking/problem solving, and global/intercultural fluency. My last Haile internship strengthened my time management skill; I balanced my time between this internship, work, and school. I was able to complete all the projects on time.

Brittany Styles
Visual Communications Design Major & Entrepreneurship Minor
Spring 2021 Connect Ahead Mentor

As a peer-to-peer coach [for Haile Micro Internship], I was able to improve my communication skills. I really enjoyed connecting with students and being able to support them in their professional journeys. Finding jobs and internships is hard enough; in the midst of a pandemic it has become even more difficult. Knowing that I was able to provide students with just a little bit of support really gave me so much joy, and I am grateful that I can continue to do this.

My Doan
Marketing Major
Spring 2021 Connect Ahead/Haile Micro-Internship Rookie

The best part of my experience was meeting my mentor Lilly. If it had not been for her continuous encouragement, I would not have the confidence in my ability to apply for upcoming opportunities and furthering my career goals.

Jessica Reichl
Marketing Major
Spring 2021 Connect Ahead/Haile Micro-Internship Mentor

The Connect Ahead program greatly encompasses teamwork. A mentor is paired with a mentee, with the goal of easing their transition into NKU. When the opportunity came to collaborate on a micro-internship together, we worked together on every aspect of the project while both learning further career skills.

Hannah Roberts
Marketing and International Business Majors
Fall 2020 Connect Ahead/Haile Micro Internship Mentor

My micro-internship experience, coupled with being a mentor for Connect Ahead, was an amazing growing experience. I had a great time connecting with my mentees while strengthening my connection with Dr. Raska. For those of you who get an opportunity to be a mentor or to participate in a micro-internship, I urge you to take the step to commit. You won't regret it.

Camryn Kuchenbuch
General Business Major
Spring 2021 Connect Ahead/Haile Micro-Internship Rookie

I have seen a growth in the professional side of me. I believe this internship has affected me for the long run and I am beyond thankful I was granted this opportunity. I hope sometime soon I will be given another opportunity similar!

Contact Us

Have questions about Haile Micro-Internships?
Olena Pilyayeva | Director, Recruitment & Retention | | (859) 572-6134