An internship allows you to integrate and apply your academic coursework to a professional work situation, gain valuable skills and experiences, and increase your marketability to future employers.

Designed to be an integral part of your academic program, an internship allows you to earn credit for learning gained in a work setting. Internships can be paid or unpaid and generally range from 10 to 20 hours of work per week for a minimum of 8–10 weeks.

The goal of an internship is to give you on-the-job training, an orientation to the organization, and continual feedback from the supervisor. At the end of the internship, both you and your supervisor complete evaluation forms.

Each major sets specific prerequisites for participation in internships. For more information regarding your major requirements, contact your academic department or faculty advisor.

Danny Ciaccio, a sports intern

The city of Seattle has given Danny Ciaccio the internship experience of a lifetime as a PR intern for the Sounders FC and a marketing intern for ROOT SPORTS television network.

Sample Internship Sites

Below are sample lists of internships sites for different majors. The sites are examples of places SPU students have done internships in the past, not a list of current openings. Even if you don’t see your major or intended major here, you can use these lists to guide you in your search and help you think about what is possible.

Art/Visual Communication
Family and Consumer Science
Foreign Language
Global Development
Health and Human Performance
Political Science and Geography
Sociology/Anthropology/Women's Studies

Additional Internship Databases
Internships at InternMatch
Internships Abroad

Giselle Gonzales

Giselle’s Story

Giselle Gonzales received a $1,000 SERVE grant for her internship to Slovenia with Josiah Venture. She has since obtained passport stamps from all over the world.