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Give Rice students a professional edge — the Owl Edge! 

Rice is excited to pilot the Owl Edge Internship, a multi-week experience hosted by members of the Rice community who provide invaluable opportunities for students to connect their academic learning with professional work and/or research. By hosting and/or funding an internship opportunity in their organizations and serving as mentors, alumni and friends can help students grow intellectually, enhance their professional knowledge and skills, and make a positive impact on the organization or field of research.    

We invite you to help Rice students gain a professional advantage — i.e. build their
 “Owl Edge” — by serving as an internship host!    


1. Log into RICElink. If you don't yet have a RICElink account, create one by clicking on "New Registration" in the Employer Login box on your left.

2. From your RICElink home page, click on "Post a Job or Internship for Rice Students" under the Quick Links section on the right side of your page.

3. Complete and submit the job posting form, selecting "Owl Edge Internship" as the Position Type.

For questions regarding creating an account or posting your internship, contact us at ccd@rice.edu or 713-348-4055.


No problem! Contact Debbie Diamond, director of special projects for Development and Alumni Relations, at ddiamond@rice.edu to discuss your options. 


 1. Determine the details of your internship experience, including: 

  •  Type of work or project(s) you envision a student completing at your organization. 
  •  The mentor and supervisor who will engage with the student. (These can be the same person or two individuals.)  
  •  Qualifications you are seeking in the candidate: e.g. class standing, academic focus, specific skill requirements. (Think broadly to encourage more candidates to apply.)   

 2. Determine the timeframe that works for you: 

  •  Number of weeks (minimum 6 weeks; maximum 12 weeks.) Students are typically available mid-May through August. 
  •  Hours of work; full-time or part-time. 

 3. Determine the compensation.    


What will my organization gain by hosting a Rice intern?    
Rice students are highly motivated pre-professionals who can provide quality work and a new perspective to your organization, particularly for specific ventures or research projects. Hosting an internship is also a great way for your organization to build a presence at Rice that helps with future recruiting.   

What differentiates the Owl Edge Internship?  
Owl Edge internship hosts:   

  • Interact with other alumni, parents and friends in the Rice community.   
  • Provide enriching job assignments that involve creative problem solving and the responsibility to produce outcomes that are valuable to the organization.  
  • Mentor students and help them learn about your profession, company and industry.   
  • Assign a supervisor to work closely with the student.   
  • Provide feedback about the student’s performance.   

What is required of students who participate in an Owl Edge Internship?  
Owl Edge interns are required to:   

  • Participate in one or more pre-internship workshops designed to build skills in networking, business etiquette, teamwork, communication, goal setting and more.   
  • Serve as Rice ambassadors by exemplifying the Rice values of Responsibility, Integrity, Community and Excellence in their work assignments.   
  • Communicate with Rice staff during the internship to share their experiences.   
  • Write a final reflection paper that summarizes their key takeaways.   

Do I need to pay the intern and/or provide housing and transportation?  
Please consider compensating your intern. Students are responsible for travel and living expenses and typically need income to cover those expenses. By providing compensation, you will broaden the pool of students that can apply for your opportunity. The general rule is that for-profit organizations are required to compensate interns, while non-profit and governmental organizations may be exempt. Check with your organization’s human resources department.   

For interns who are not compensated, the university has limited grants available to assist them, thanks in part to the Owl Edge Internship Fund supported by alumni and friends. For more information about supporting the Owl Edge Internship Fund, contact David Loyless, assistant vice president for development, at dloyless@rice.edu.   

Will I be able to interview and select my own intern?  
The Center for Career Development (CCD) will partner with you to post the opportunity, process student applications, schedule interviews and assist with communicating the internship offer to selected students. The hosting organization will select the intern.   

Am I guaranteed an intern?  
We cannot guarantee that a student will be placed with your internship. A number of factors come into play when securing an intern, including the location of the placement and the students’ interest in a particular opportunity. Additionally, the students applying for your internship may not meet your qualifications.   

What is the timeline for hosting an Owl Edge Internship?  
This pilot program is targeted for Summer 2016 (mid-May to early August). Internships can be full or part-time, in or outside Houston, and six to twelve weeks in length. Part-time, Houston-based internships may also be possible during the academic year.   

Additional mentoring opportunities are available at www.ccd.rice.edu/mentoringopportunities