Internship Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

What is an internship?

The National Association of Colleges and Employers defines an internship as “a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent” (2011).

Why do an internship?

Through internship opportunities, students can:

  • Gain insight into potential career paths
  • Build valuable professional networks
  • Receive academic credit that can help satisfy degree requirements
  • Make themselves competitive in the job market. Employers prefer candidates with work experience. When deciding between two otherwise equally-qualified candidates, employers choose the one with internship experience
  • In some cases, secure employment within the same organization after graduation

Receiving Academic Credit

Students may receive academic credit through the Internship in Applied Liberal Arts class for an internship found through our program OR an internship that they found themselves. To pursue apply to receive academic credit, students must submit the Application for Credit along with a list of internship responsibilities BEFORE their internship. After submitting their application, students will receive an email with directions on how to register for the Internship in Applied Liberal Arts course.

Students can receive between 2-6 credits for their internship. Hour requirements are relative to the number of credits received for the internship:

  • 2 credits = 85-100 hours = ~ 6-7 hours per week
  • 3 credits = 130 hours = ~ 9 hours per week
  • 4 credits = 180 hours = ~ 12 hours per week
  • 5 credits = 220 hours = ~ 15 hours per week
  • 6 credits = 260 hours = ~ 18 hours per week

The Internship in Applied Liberal Arts class is an online class that does not meet in person. However, students will receive a syllabus for the class which outlines assignments to be completed during the internship.

Note: If your major has a REQUIRED internship, the Internship in Applied Liberal Arts class may not satisfy your requirement. You can check with your academic advisor or a representative from your department to determine your major-specific internship requirements. However, you may do an additional internship and you are eligible to earn free elective credits for your internship experience through the CHSS Match Internship Program.

So, what’s the next step?

This site has a number of opportunities through which students can secure an internship. Using the tabs on the left, students can explore:

Students may also want to use the University’s job board, ProfJobs, which is managed by the Office of Career Advancement.

Finally, students can view a more comprehensive list of internship search platforms by visiting our site that is dedicated to Virtual Internship and Job Boards.