Remote internships are the next big thing

Newcomb-Tulane College has launched the Tulane Remote Internship Program (TRIP), which allows undergraduate students to work with companies and organizations across the country without having to leave campus.

The program begins with a Tulane-sponsored “TRIP” to the interns’ respective companies and cities, allowing the students to get a feel for organizational culture, meet their supervisors, and discuss their projects for the semester. Students then work on their projects for eight hours each week and have weekly check-ins with their company supervisors and Tulane’s internship coordinator.

“Students receive relevant experience in their fields of interest, and at the same time add a significant internship to their résumé, which makes them more competitive in the long run,” said Byron Kantrow, director of Career Wave programing and undergraduate employer relations.

The Fall 2016 cohort includes 35 students and over 30 companies, such as Time Inc., MWW Public Relations, Hertz, Titan Grove and Broadway Video.

Kantrow says each organization has a parent or alumni connection to Tulane. The Tulane Career Center and Freeman School’s Career Management Center have been strong partners in this program and plan to continue its growth in future semesters.

Hannah Dean is a senior majoring in Latin American studies and political science at Tulane University.