You may have heard about freelancing or something called the “gig economy.” Both refer to taking on smaller, short term projects for payment, and this sector of employment is growing. These projects can help you learn a new skill, help you refine a skill you already have, and connect you to potential employers. They take less time than a traditional internship, so we call them micro-internships.

Completing one or more micro-internships is a great way to supplement your college degree. UWS Career Services has entered into a partnership with Parker Dewey, a company that works with employers who post micro-internships, and students/alumni who are looking to complete them.

Below you will see 2 sections: Benefits of Completing a Micro-Internship and How to Apply for Micro-Internships. If you have any questions, please contact Career Services!

Benefits of Completing a Micro-Internship

  • Get paid for meaningful work and provide real value to businesses and organizations
  • Develops and hones your specific, transferrable career skills
  • Work with diverse companies and people
  • Helps you learn about an aspect of a career field from the inside
  • Helps you decide if this is the right career field for you
  • Enables you to work alongside a professional in your chosen career area
  • Gives you confidence in your knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Helps you apply some of the ideas you've learned in school
  • Gives you the opportunity to practice your communication and teamwork skills
  • Provides evidence that you have initiative, are reliable, and have a sense of responsibility
  • Provides a bridge between school and the professional world
  • Makes a valuable addition to your resume and can enhance your application to graduate school
  • Opens the door to mentorship opportunities and can lead to a job offer
  • Helps you evaluate companies to see if they are a good fit for you

How to Apply for Micro-Internships

Create your account

  • Micro-internships are open to any student or alumni of UW-Superior
  • Visit https://info.parkerdewey.com/uwsuperior and click on the green “Create a Free Account” button to the right of the photo.
  • Fill out the form on the next page.
  • You will immediately be sent an email from @parkerdewey.com email address. Check your Junk Mail folder if it doesn’t appear in your main inbox.
  • The email gives you a link to create an account. Go ahead and do so – it takes less than 5 minutes to create your account!
    • You can upload your resume during account set-up, so have that ready!
    • You are not required to fill in all of the blanks, so carefully consider what elements of your personal information you would like potential employers to see.
    • You can always edit your account, so it’s best to keep it up to date.
    • There are 4 total screens for you to complete, the last of which allows you to review your information. At the bottom of this page, click the “Submit” button.

Search and Apply for Micro-Internships

  • On the next screen (or after logging back in), click “Opportunities” in the left column to start searching for projects that interest you. Add filters if you like.
  • Under each logo and brief details, you’ll see a green “View Details” button. Click it to find out more about the position, including time requirement, payment amount, etc. If you are interested, click on “Apply for this position.”
  • The application involves you answering a few short questions, then submitting your application. If the company is interested in hiring you, they will contact you.
  • Payment to you is taken care of by Parker Dewey. If you get hired, they will walk you through what is needed to receive your payment on time.
  • After completion, you will receive an evaluation from the company that posted your project. Use this to understand what you did well and where you can improve.
  • There is no limit to how many micro-internships you can apply for, but make sure you can complete the micro-internship to which you commit on the timelines set for you.