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Frequently Asked Questions

Why BrownConnect?

President Paxson's Building on Distinction: A New Plan for Brown calls for increased opportunities for students to bridge theory and practice during their time at Brown. By expanding access to Brown-supported internships and research opportunities, BrownConnect helps students enhance their on-campus learning and enables them to make better, more informed career choices after graduation.

BrownConnect leverages the Brown network of alumni, parents, and friends by offering a central site through which they can post internships and research opportunities for Brown students.

What is BrownConnect?

BrownConnect is the newest addition to CareerLAB’s suite of services. BrownConnect serves first years, sophomores and juniors who are seeking high-quality internships and research opportunities. BrownConnect provides “one stop shopping” for internship and research opportunities in a wide range of fields and geographical locations, as well as financial support to students in low-paid or unpaid internships. Students are able to search BrownConnect for internships, research opportunities, and funding offered through and for the Brown community.

Who oversees BrownConnect?

An initiative of President Paxson's, BrownConnect is sponsored by the Dean of the College, Maud Mandel, and Senior Vice President of Advancement, Patricia Watson.

Overseeing the initiative is the Center for Careers and Life After Brown (CareerLAB), the Office of Alumni Relations, the President's Advisory Council on Internships, and a University Steering Committee.

How can I get involved?

The power and success of BrownConnect comes from the Brown community.

Offer an internship: Post an internship via the website. For more information, please contact Aixa Kidd, Director of BrownConnect in the CareerLAB.

BrownConnect makes use of an extensive network of Brown alumni and parents who are eager to provide internship opportunities to Brown students. Members of the Brown community who want to offer internships to Brown students can submit opportunities through the BrownConnect website, or they can contact a member of the BrownConnect staff directly.

Give to BrownConnect: Members of the Brown community can give to the BrownConnect financial assistance program through the Brown Annual Fund. To learn more about ways to support BrownConnect, please contact Aixa Kidd, Director of BrownConnect in the CareerLAB.

Through BrownConnect, students can apply for financial assistance—LINK awards, UTRAs and summer earnings waivers—that make it possible to accept low-paid or unpaid internships. Financial assistance is available for internships that students find through BrownConnect or on their own. This financial assistance is provided through the generosity of Brown alumni, parents and friends who are committed to making internships and research opportunities accessible to all students.

Host a Networking Event or Participate in Career Preparation Programs: Through technology, events and CareerLAB programming more students can connect with alumni, parents and friends of the University for valuable mentorship and career advice.

To sponsor an event in your town and/or participate in CareerLAB programs, please contact Johanna Hussey, ​Assistant Director, Engagement Programs​ in the Office of Alumni Relations.

What kinds of internships can I offer on BrownConnect?

Internships should offer students challenging and engaging experiences. We suggest an eight-week position (June-July) with minimum pay of $3,500 (based on 35-40 hours per week).

When is the best time of year to post opportunities?

The best time to post summer internships is between October and March. Most interviews for summer internships happen from February through April.

Can I post unpaid internships?

Yes, but unpaid internships at for-profit organizations should be consistent with the six criteria for internships defined by the Fair Labor Standards Act. Paid internship positions typically receive more applications than unpaid internship postings.

Can I post more than one internship?

Yes, please post as many student opportunities as you have available.

What if I don't get any response to my internship posting?

Students will receive information about your BrownConnect posting through career and peer advisors, academic departments, campus newsletters, and social media outreach. Every effort will be made to promote your opportunity so you receive applicants. If you have questions at anytime during the posting process, please contact Aixa Kidd, Director of BrownConnect.

If I need help developing my internship, who do I contact?

We recommend starting with the U.S. Employer Guide which features links to various tools of development for your opportunity. Feel free to contact the BrownConnect team at brownconnect@brown.edu for assistance at any time.

What do students find searching BrownConnect?

    The BrownConnect internship and research opportunity bank includes:
  • Special Bruno internships that are supplied by Brown alumni and parents for Brown students, and other signature internship programs that are designed for Brown students
  • Internship opportunities offered through formal programs at for-profit, not-for-profit and public sector organizations in the United States and abroad
  • Internship opportunities that are supported by various Brown departments, centers and programs at Brown
  • Research opportunities offered by Brown faculty, funded through the UTRA program and other sources
  • Funding opportunities available to support low-paying or unpaid internship and research experiences
  • Brown alumni that have experience and/or currently work in the city, professional field, or organization they are searching

What is a Bruno internship and what distinguishes it from others posted on the BrownConnect search tool?

    Bruno internships are quality opportunities provided by Brown alumni and parents who have a special interest in helping Brown students. These internships will offer students an opportunity to leverage their Brown connection and an added advantage in the recruiting/hiring process. The Bruno internships will be tagged with the Brown shield to distinguish the position as one or more of the following:
  • Exclusive to Brown students
  • The position is provided by an alumnus/a, and/or parent of Brown
  • Preference is given to a Brown applicant; preference means two or more Brown candidates must be in the final interview process
  • A signature program created by Brown community (alumni, parents, staff and/or faculty) specifically for Brown students

What is a Bruno Signature program?

These are multiple opportunities within a designed program that are exclusive to Brown students. The opportunities can be provided by alumni and/or parents of Brown student, or by a Brown University department. These will also be tagged as Bruno opportunities.

How do I update the information in my BrownConnect profile?

Log into your BRUnet profile; the new information will show up in BrownConnect within 72 hours.

How do students learn about BrownConnect opportunities?

Students receive information about BrownConnect opportunities through career and peer advisors, academic departments, campus newsletters, and social media outreach.

I'd like to host a networking event for students. How do I get started?

To sponsor an event in your town and/or participate in CareerLAB programs, please contact Johanna Hussey, ​Assistant Director, Engagement Programs​ in the Office of Alumni Relations.