Career Immersion Program (CIP)

About the Program

Dates to be announced

The Career Immersion Program (CIP) is a three-week summer career readiness experience that enables Beacon students to:

  • Develop their professional skills and interests in a highly focused and supportive environment.
  • Complete 50 internship hours toward Beacon’s 80-hour requirement for graduation — without the added pressure and coursework of a traditional school term.

CIP is open to all Beacon students, but rising seniors, juniors and sophomores receive priority. Interested students should apply online as soon as possible. Enrollment is limited to 40 students.

Apply Online


To be announced.


Click here to view or download a sample schedule. Please be aware that the schedule is subject to change.


Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the Career Immersion Program.

Professional Internships

The centerpiece of the CIP experience is a 50-hour supervised professional internship. Wherever possible, internships are matched to the student’s academic major.

  • ON-CAMPUS — Internships are available in administration, campus life, counseling, data entry, housing, sports and outdoor activities — and more.
  • OFF-CAMPUS — A select number of off-campus internships are available with local Leesburg-based business, civic and social service organizations.
  • Click to View On Campus Summer CIP Internships
    The following are among the on-campus internships open to CIP Summer 2021 participants.

    • Animal care
    • Assistant registrar
    • Career peer advisors
    • Center for Student Success office assistant
    • Collegiate transitions
    • Community educator
    • Counseling department
    • Business office
    • Human resources
    • Housing department
    • Information technology assistance
    • Institutional development
    • Life independence educator assistance
    • Office of Finance & Institutional Priorities
    • Office of Transitions Services and Outreach
    • Outdoor activity leader
    • President’s office
    • Provost office
    • Recreation assistant
    • Residential experience
    • Sports assistant
    • Sodexo (food services)
    • Student library assistant
    • Writing center peer consultant
    • Writing center

Program Highlights

  • A team of Beacon staff provides 13 hours of one-to-one personal career coaching to each CIP student. They also lead small group discussions offering positive feedback and suggestions for continued improvement and growth.
  • Students also will learn to become self-sufficient through career exploration, goal setting and an internship practicum experience —
    all critical skills for a successful transition into the workplace.
Group of students pictured in front of City Hall

Several of our CIP 2021 students pictured in front of City Hall, where they completed their internships.

What Students Say


Student satisfaction rate with their CIP experience

9 in 10 students

Saw a significant increase in their confidence levels

Based on a survey of Beacon’s summer 2021 CIP program.

Want To Know More?

Read About Last Year’s CIP

“The Career Immersion Program was very worthwhile to me because I got the opportunity to work and interact with the director of communications. I was also given the opportunity to provide Beacon College with some outstanding postproduction skills.”
— Corin Shields, ’21
Davis, Calif.
Web and Digital Media Major


For more information about the Career Immersion Program, email