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Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion (CSDI) received a grant in September 2020 from Cleveland Fenn Foundation. Our goal is to provide students with professional development opportunities through career-related workshops, micro-internships, and career exploration.

The Wayfinders program focuses on students who identify as:

  • First-generation
  • Coming from a low-socioeconomic background
  • Students with disabilities/neurodivergent (visible or invisible) 
  • Students of color (BIPOC)
  • LGBTQ+ students  

Our programs expand to 1:1 career help, resource closets, and networking opportunities for our students. 

If you have any questions and/or requests, please reach out to Daniella Flores, the Program Coordinator, at



Previous Workshops Recordings:


Navigating Career Fairs with Career Services

How imposter Syndrome could affect your professional development:

Understanding Financial Literacy

How Intergenerational Trauma could be affecting you in the workplace

Upcoming Workshops: 

Career Fair Wear: Free professional development clothing provided by donations. Pick-up dates in the LSC atrium on Nov. 9th, Dec. 7th, Jan. 18th, and Jan. 25th from 12-3 p.m. (Partnered with BPD and First gen @JCU) 

Purpose to Paper: Join Career Services and the Wayfinders Program for lunch and a conversation on how to leverage your micro-internship experience with Wayfinders on your resume and in interviews. When: November 16th Time: 12-1 PM Where: in the CSDI Office RM 202 (above the bookstore)  

What is a Micro-Internship?

Micro-internships are short-term, remote, or in-person experiences. Students can connect with professionals in their desired field to develop new knowledge and skills related to a career field of interest.

For students, this is a chance to explore a particular industry or career while gaining practical skills and developing their network. These are short-term, remote, and more flexible opportunities to gain experience than a traditional internship.

Some Example Projects:

20 hours = $400 

40 hours = $800 

  • Marketing and Website Specialist: 40 hours = $800
  • Warrant Cases Intern: 40 hours = $800
  • Social Media Intern: 20 hours = $400 
  • Digital Media Intern: 20 hours =$400
  • Client Outreach Intern: 20 hours= $400
  • Data Collection & Review: 40 hours =$800
  • Accounting Intern: 40 hours=$800 

We have partnered with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Metanoia Project, Medwish International, RTW Xxact, The D.A.L.E Program, ASIA Inc., CODE3, LGBT Community Center, and more!

Create an account on Parker Dewey:

Follow these steps:

Fill out the survey here to share your interests

Step 1: Create your free account on Parker-Dewey’s Website under "For Students." 

Step 2: Fill out your profile.

Step 3: Review and select which micro-internship you would like.

Step 4: Apply to projects of interest, and send an e-mail to Daniella Flores,, with the link to the project you applied for. 

Step 5: If you are selected for a micro-internship, you will receive an email packet that includes information on how to contact the employer so you can discuss a start date and begin work on the project.

After that, you can continue to check the platform regularly for new opportunities.

John Carroll University is closely monitoring the challenges associated with COVID-19 and its impact on student internships.  As such, the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion would like to encourage our employer partners to consider posting short-term, professional projects (i.e., Micro-Internships), which can be completed remotely or locally in person. The Wayfinders Program will pay for your micro-intern. 

Beyond providing you or your colleagues with immediate support on tasks, the short-term projects also support your talent recruiting and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Micro-Internships help you identify, assess, and mentor students who may be prospective job candidates upon completion.

For students, Micro-Internships allow them to demonstrate their skills, explore career paths, and build relationships with prospective employers. These paid opportunities typically range from 20 to 40 hours of work.

Micro-Internships can be completed across all departments, including:

  • Sales/Marketing 
  • Human Resources
  • Strategy
  • Research
  • Operations and Support (administrative roles) 
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Information Technology Services
  • Education
  • Social Media
  • Content Creation
  • and more!

Click here to see examples of projects. To learn more and post projects, visit