Career Immersion Program (CIP)

About the Program

August 2 – 20, 2021

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.

Apply Online


The only cost for CIP is a residential fee for room, board and materials of $1,450.


Interested students should apply online as soon as possible. Enrollment is limited to 40 students.


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

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 — Nearly 30 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.
  • All CIP students participate in nine career-building seminars on such topics as:
    • Conducting a Successful Job Search
    • Professional Communication Skills
    • Business Dress, Emails and Etiquette
    • Developing Networking Skills
    • Employability Skills
      Essential skills that are critical for success in virtually any job — from reliability and teamwork, to communication and problem solving
  • 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.

What Students Say


Student satisfaction rate with their CIP experience

3 in 4 students

Saw a significant increase in their confidence levels

Based on a survey of Beacon’s inaugural CIP program in Summer 2020.

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 or contact Esteban Lopez at 352-638-9719.