Internships seek to integrate academic studies with practical work experience. Designed to be an integral part of your academic program, the Internship Program allows you to earn credits for learning gained in a work setting. Internships may be paid or unpaid.
Careful supervision of your progress toward learning objectives is a key component of an internship, and a successful experience is built on a partnership between you, your faculty sponsor, and employer.
- Minimum requirements for participating in the Internship Program include matriculation at the University, formal admission to a major, and completion of at least one quarter of coursework.
- You can participate in an internship for career exploration, as well as to gain essential professional experience.
- Internship experience facilitates your growth in skills such as communication, problem solving, and analysis.
- Internships also give you growth in skills specific to professional disciplines.
It is the quality of the placement and supervision and the emphasis on your development of critical thinking and other skills that distinguish internships from other part-time or volunteer work programs.
Each school sets specific prerequisites for participation in internships. Generally 30 hours of internship work equate to 1 academic credit. Internship opportunities may be at accounting firms, advertising agencies, banks, high-tech companies, medical research labs, performing arts organizations, retail stores, schools, human-service agencies, and other types of organizations.
Postings of internship opportunities and information about how students can be involved are available in the Center for Career and Calling.
To find out more, contact the Center for Career and Calling, located in the Student Union Building, Second Floor, or by phone at 206-281-2485.