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Top 10 FAQ's

Are these internships paid?

Most of our internships are unpaid. As such, we cannot guarantee anyone a paid internship.Because we work with many of the top companies- in the most competitive cities, the majority of interns will receive academic credit.  It is the relevant work experience that you gain from them that will aid you when searching for your Dream Career. This program is an investment in your future. In fact, over 90% of companies hire directly from their intern pool when looking for full-time employees.

When is the deadline to apply?

We accept applications on a rolling admissions basis. Submitting an application does not mean you are committing to participate, but just brings you closer to securing a spot in the program. Programs fill on a first-come first served basis in our competitive program.

How much does the program cost?

The program price varies by destination and what is included for that program. For specifics for the program you are interested in, please visit the program's Tuition page as well as the What's Included page. If you have any questions please contact a Program Advisor. You can also compare all program dates and prices on the Internship Program Comparison page.

What is included?

Your participation in our summer programs includes:

  • A guaranteed internship
  • Housing for the duration of the program at one of our host universities/housing providers
  • Transportation to and from work Monday-Friday
  • Planned program events
  • Professional resume revision & Interview Coaching
  • Career development speaker series
  • 1 unit of contract academic credit through our partner universities
  • 24/7 Professional staff assistance
  • A Welcome Reception, Orientation, Closing Ceremony
  • Program Gifts

Your participation in our spring and fall programs includes:

  • A guaranteed internship
  • Housing for the duration of the program
  • 1 unit of academic course credit through our partner universities
  • 24/7 on-site staff assistance
  • Program Events
Do you offer financial assistance?

Financial aid is offered by Dream Careers through the several payment options that we offer. Please review our financing options on the following link http://www.summerinternships.com/students/financing.php  If you have specific questions please contact our Program Advisor at 1-800-251-2933.

When will I know where I am interning? What is the placement process?

You are in complete control of which company you will accept an offer from and be placed.  Once you submit your Application you will be assigned a personal Internship Coordinator who will work with you on professionally revising your resume, train you through our interview tutorial, and prepare you for all phone interviews with the companies of your choice.  The final decision of which internship to select is yours to make.

Can I live at home or a relative's house and take the housing out of the cost?

We are unable to remove any elements from our All- Inclusive program to reduce the cost.  The employers we work with depend on this service, in turn making you more reliable. Also, separating yourself from the rest of the program will not give you the full experience.  If you have particular needs please discuss those with your assigned Internship Coordinator after you submit your application.

Can I see a list of employers?

Once you are accepted into our program you will see a full list of our employers and internship descriptions from which you will be able to choose. This is only provided to those participants that have enrolled in our program.

However, to give you an idea of the types of companies we work with and the opportunities they have for interns, we have provided several examples within the Program and Internship sections of our web site.

If you have not yet applied, please do so by clicking on the following link http://apply.summerinternships.com

Can I talk to someone who did the program?

Of course, have you checked out our Facebook Fan page?

This is a great resource and a place for our prospective participants to connect with alumni from our programs. http://www.facebook.com/dreamcareers.

In addition, if you would like an Alumni or Parent referral we will be able to connect you.  Please submit your application at http://apply.summerinternships.com and your assigned Internship Coordinator will be able to assist you.

Make sure you take a look at our Twitter and Youtube sites as well.

What happens if I don't get the internship I want?

All students who are accepted and choose to enroll in our program are provided guaranteed placement. This means we promise to place you in an internship, in the industry of your choice, with a company you approve, by the start of the program or you will receive a full refund. Therefore, you have nothing to lose.

Internship Selection

How does internship placement work?

1. Your first step is to Apply to the Dream Careers program

Go to: http://apply.summerinternships.com


2. Review your Acceptance
3. Enroll in the program
4. Interview with companies
5. Choose your internship

To read a more detailed description of this process, please see the Internships page of your program of interest.

Can I see a list of companies that have requested interns from Dream Careers?

Yes, visit the Internships page of your program of interest for a list of participating employers. Once you enroll in the program, you will be supplied with a list of internships and job descriptions from which to choose.

Will my internship be a paid position?

Most of our internships are unpaid. As such, we cannot guarantee anyone a paid internship. You may request a paid internship from your Internship Coordinator, but you cannot limit your placement to paid internships only. If you require a paid internship in order to be able to participate in the program, then our service is probably not the right fit for your needs. We have a great variety of internship opportunities available.

If I secure my own internship or job, can I participate in the program?

Absolutely, you would simply be responsible for purchasing a spot in our program to receive all the same benefits of the other program participants. The only difference would be that we would not have any contact with your employer. If you are interested in this option, please contact a Program Advisor at 800-251-2933.

What hours should I expect to work?

Typically, participants work an average work week of no more than 40 hours. The company at which you are interning will set your work hours, but the majority of internships will take place between 8 am and 6 pm. This gives students the most opportunity to show their value to the employer over the 8-week time frame for future opportunities.

 *Some of the West Coast financial market positions start earlier to keep pace with the opening of the stock market, but they typically end their day earlier between the hours of 3 and 4 pm.

How likely is it that my internship will result in a full-time job offer?

Internships are proven to be your best resource to find and secure not just a full time job, but your Dream Career. 

Working full time during the duration of the program gives participants the most opportunity to show their value to a company. Over 70% of our participants last year were offered to continue their internship or were offered a full-time position.

Will I have to obtain course credit to work in an unpaid internship?

All participants will receive 1 unit of contract academic credit for participating in a Dream Careers summer internship program through an accredited academic partner.

Why is contract academic credit included?

As provided by our employer guidelines, participants will receive academic credit for their internship.

Are the industries offered the same in every destination?

Not all destinations support every industry.  To see which industries are supported in your destination of interest please select your destination then select the "Internships" tab at the top of the page.

Finances, Admissions, and Enrollment

What is the cost of the program?

See the Tuition page of each program's Web site for pricing details. Within 15 days of applying, you will receive an enrollment decision from us. To accept our enrollment offer and secure your spot, you will need to pay an enrollment deposit payment, agree to our online Participation Agreement, and fill out our online enrollment sign-up form.

Is Financial Aid available?

Financial Aid is not available directly from Dream Careers. If you would like to apply or learn more about financial aid options, please contact your Enrollment Advisor regarding the program in which you are interested.  As well, you can visit our  Financial Aid Guide to learn more about available financial aid options.

When is payment due?

All program fees must be paid in full at least 30 days before the commencement date of your program and as specified to your selected payment plan. For a breakdown of our payment plan options, please refer to the following link: http://www.summerinternships.com/students/financing.php

If you are currently enrolled in our program, please contact your Internship Coordinator to address individual questions regarding your existing payment plan and payment schedule.

What is the refund/cancellation policy?

(a) Your Initial Deposit ("Initial Deposit") is $999. The Initial Deposit is for the sole purpose of reserving your position in the Program and covering certain related administrative expenses. Upon receiving your Initial Deposit, DCI agrees to place you in an internship by the "Placement Deadline," which is 14 days prior to the commencement date of the Program you selected ("Commencement Date"). If DCI is unable to place you in an internship acceptable to you by the Placement Deadline, despite your full cooperation in the placement process in DCI’s sole discretion, you will be given the option (i) to drop out of the Program and receive a refund of your Initial Deposit and all other Program payments made by you with the exception of the application fee ("Full Refund"), or (ii) to request that DCI continue the search process until you are placed; and if DCI is still unable to place you within the extended time, you will receive a Full Refund. (Note: Your application fee is not refundable under any circumstances.) Once you have accepted an internship presented by DCI, you will not receive a refund.

(b) However, if you withdraw from the Program for any reason before your acceptance of an internship with a Sponsor, other than DCI's failure to place you by the Placement Deadline or such other date as agreed to between you and DCI, or if DCI determines, in its sole discretion, that you did not fully cooperate in the placement process at any time before the Placement Deadline (including but not limited to, your failure to actively work with your assigned DCI representatives, skipping or missing scheduled internship interviews, not engaging in internship discussions with your Internship Coordinator, not responding to DCI communications in a timely manner, or allowing the placement process to be delayed due to missing agreed payment due dates), you will receive a refund of 50% of your program fee, not including the Initial Deposit which shall be forfeited. If full or partial payments have not been received you shall remain liable for the balance of any program fees owed. If you withdraw from the Program for any reason after accepting an internship, you will not receive a refund of any payment to DCI, and you shall remain liable for the balance of any program fees owed. In the event your participation in a program after accepting an internship is delayed due to obtaining a visa, late enrollment, or any other reason not entirely within DCI's control, you will not be entitled to a refund or reduction in the program fees. All requests for refunds must be received by DCI in writing with proof of receipt within 30 days of your withdrawal. Failure to notify us of your refund request within 30 days of your withdrawal will result in your forfeiture of any refunds. All refunds are subject to this Section 4 without exception. Supplemental documentation may be required. Except for any personal injury claims primarily caused by DCI, DCI is not liable to you for any claims at any time for any amount in excess of the fees you have paid to DCI.

(c) All payments must be paid by the due dates specified under the payment plan you choose upon enrollment. If a payment is delinquent for 5 days or more, DCI will place an automatic hold on the participant's account until all payments are up to date and you may be barred from any further participation in the Program. Late Payments will incur an interest rate of 1% per calendar month, or any part thereof, (12% per annum) in addition to a $100 late payment fee. A hold on an account can consist of (but is not limited to) a complete stop in the Placement Process or stop in the Program Process. A hold status can only be removed from the account once payments are up to date.

(d) All payments will be charged automatically on the due dates specified under the payment plan you have chosen. The credit card charged for any amounts owed is the credit card you have selected herein used to pay your initial payment. Any changes to your method of payment must be arranged 24 hours prior to the due date. DCI will not issue a refund if the amount charged was previously processed on your selected credit card. There will be a $50 administration fee if there is a dispute or chargeback issued that is closed in favor of Dream Careers.

(e) All program fees must be paid in full thirty (30) days prior to the start of the program. Participant will not be allowed to check into housing, begin their internship or receive any program benefits until the account is paid in full.

(f) DCI reserves the right to collect any unpaid balances due to DCI and may turn delinquent accounts over to a third party debt collection agency. In the event DCI incurs any costs in connection with any past-due balance or amount owed by you to DCI, you shall be liable for any costs in connection with such collection including reasonable attorney’s fees or court costs.

(g) Any recipient of a DCI Scholarship Award is subject to these same payment terms, conditions, and policies, as DCI will reserve your position in the Program and will make certain financial commitments related to your participation in the Program. If you withdraw from the Program for any reason before your acceptance of an internship with a Sponsor, other than DCI’s failure to place you by the Placement Deadline, you are obligated to pay DCI 50% of the scholarship value to cover the costs incurred. If you withdraw from the Program for any reason after your acceptance of an internship, you are obligated to pay 100% of the program fee including the value of the scholarship you have received.

(h) All information that is submitted on your application for consideration into the Program is interpreted as true and accurate. If it is discovered that information on your application is misleading or untrue, DCI will be entitled to 100% of your initial deposit payment and 100% of your program fee. In addition, you may be barred from further participation in the Program.

What should I do if I cannot afford the program or need to make money this summer?

There are three primary ways to finance your participation:

Financial Aid: Financing Options are available to Dream Careers candidates who have been accepted into our program. If you would like to learn more about our payment plans please speak to your assigned Program Advisor after you have submitted your application.  To submit your application please proceed to http://apply.summerinternships.com

Fundraising: Many students finance their participation by reaching out to immediate family, extended family and friends to ask for donations to support their summer plans. This form of "sponsorship" has been surprisingly successful for those students who are able to express how truly valuable they feel this experience will be toward their future.

Pre-program employment: As our programs are only eight weeks long during the summer, the majority of students will have ample time to work and save to help offset program expenses.

If you are currently enrolled in our program, please contact your Internship Coordinator to address individual questions regarding your existing payment plan and payment schedule.

Who can apply?

Please refer to the following link of our Eligibility page for the specific requirements for U.S and International students interested in our domestic and international programs. http://www.summerinternships.com/students/eligibility.php

How do we make our decisions?

The application is used as a university reference check and to determine your initial program interests. Within a week, you will be contacted by a Program Advisor to further evaluate your qualifications. 

* You are not required to have any previous work experience. We specialize in helping people with little to no experience get internships with highly reputable employers.

When do we make our decisions?

We have a rolling admissions process. This means that we evaluate applications as they come in, rather than waiting until everyone has applied to make our decisions. Therefore, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to have the most opportunities to choose from. Our programs fill on a first-come, first-served basis.

What are the application deadlines?

Please see the Dates and Deadlines page for details.

Program

What is included in the weekend events?

Once you enroll in your specific program you will have access to your Career Connect account and be able to get detailed information on all program events. If you have specific questions, please reach out to your Internship Coordinator or Operations Manager.

The program will cover all your transportation and housing costs for all program events. Also, we will cover the cost of any entrance fees or recreational activities that we sponsor.

Are the dates of the program flexible?

No, you must attend the program on the dates listed on our Dates and Deadlines page. However, if you have a minor conflict with this time commitment, we have accommodated several late arrivals with prior approval in the past.

What is included in the organized activities?

The program will cover all your transportation and lodging costs for all organized activities. Also, we will cover the cost of any entrance fees or recreational activities that we sponsor.

What will I learn in the seminars?
You will be inspired, equipped and challenged by top-notch professionals from a wide array of industries. After each speaker you will have the opportunity to ask them questions on how to go about pursuing the career of your dreams. Please refer to your specific program of interest for complete details.
Is attendance to the events mandatory?

All of our events, seminars and activities are optional, but your job is not. As a Dream Careers intern, you may not miss work for any reason other than health and family emergencies unless previously approved by both the Dream Careers Program Director and your employer.

You are free to come and go on weekends, but we discourage missing out on our events to get the full program experience. Our events are typically attended by over 90% of our program participants.

*If you intend on completing your pass/fail requirements for your contract academic credit, you must follow the requirements provided within the participant guide.

How are roommates selected?

Most of our rooms are doubles, so roommate selection is important.  Before the start of the program we will send out a roommate questionnaire that does an incredible job of matching based on life style and like-personalities.  Over the years we have had great success with our ability to match roommates.

Our focus is to encourage and provide a great experience for all and to manage issues before they become a problem.

* please note that if a roommate situation does arise our onsite staff will manage the situation.  Our ability to switch roommates and/or to secure additional housing is not always available. If it is available the additional expenses incurred may be required to be paid by the participant.

Can I get a single room?

Single rooms are typically not available unless specifically specified in the program offer.

If you have a particular need or interest please contact your Internship Coordinator for specific details after you submit your application.  To submit your application please go to http://apply.summerinternships.com

Note that if special arrangements are provided this will come at an additional expense to the participant.

Can friends and family visit?

Yes they can. Your Internship Coordinator will be able to answer specific questions, depending on program location.

To connect with your personally assigned Internship Coordinator you will need to submit your application.  To submit your application please go to:

http://apply.summerinternships.com

What is the campus housing like?

To learn more about our campus housing, please visit the Accommodations pages on each of our program Web sites. Detailed descriptions, along with photographs, are provided for each facility.

If I don't bring my own car, how do I get to work each day?

All students will be given public transportation passes that will give you train or bus rides to and from work.

For our Los Angeles program, participants may be transported in private commuter vans depending on the location of their internship.

Will I have Internet service in my room?

The majority of our housing providers provide free wireless/wried internet access from your housing unit. As this service varies from program location, we cannot guarantee that you will have free Internet access. Some of our housing partners do charge a small monthly fee.

For specifics please contact your Internship Coordinator after you have submitted your Application.

To submit your application, please go to: http://apply.summerinternships.com/

 

Will I have gym Access?

Many of our housing locations offer access to their gym facilities, but this varies from program to program. In some cases you may be charged a monthly fee to work out. Once you enroll in your program you will have access to your Career Connect account and be able to get detailed information on the amenities of your housing.

For specifics please contact your Internship Coordinator after you have submitted your Application.

To submit your application, please go to: http://apply.summerinternships.com/

 

I don't need...housing/seminars/activities/etc....can I just pay for what I need?

Dream Careers is an all-inclusive program for all participants, so we are unable to remove any elements from the program.

What is the Meal Plan in the London program?

The London program offers a meal plan that provides morning continental-style breakfast so you can "grab and go" at the start of your day, and a selection of evening meal options provided for your convenience. The meal plan enables our participants the opportunity to focus on maximizing their time in London while taking advantage of the social aspect of the program.

Visas and Passports

Do we sponsor visas for international students coming to one of our US programs?

We do not sponsor international students, but we do assist them with the visa application process.

We encourage you to check with your local American Consulate to see if you can secure a visa to participate in this type of program as a full-time college student in one of our US based programs. Otherwise, you would be eligible to apply for one of our international programs in Hong Kong, Barcelona or London.

For specifics, please contact Natasha Dasaro at natasha@dreamcareerinc.com after you have submitted your application.

To submit your application, please visit http://apply.summerinternships.com/

What are the visa/passport requirements of international students who wish to attend our U.S. programs?

All students without U.S. citizenship wishing to participate in our U.S. programs must have a valid passport and obtain the appropriate Visa to legally participate in the Dream Careers program. All international students that currently attend school in the US will need a valid F1 visa and the appropriate work authorization documents. Please speak with your international student advisor of your university for guidance. Depending on the employer, additional documentation may be required.

All international students that do NOT attend school in the US will be required to obtain either a J1 Internship Training Visa or a J1 Work and Travel Visa. Dream Careers will provide guidance to enrolled international students on this process.

For specifics please contact Natasha Dasaro at natasha@dreamcareerinc.com after you have submitted your application.

To submit your application, please go to: http://apply.summerinternships.com/