Internships hone students’ skills and prepare them to start their careers. With an internship, you’ll gain valuable experience working alongside career professionals.
Benefits of Internships
- Gain real-life experience working in your field of interest
- Meet and network with potential employers and industry professionals
- Expand the breadth of your academic studies and build your portfolio
FAQ about Internships
How do I get an internship?
Finding an internship is your responsibility. The internship program coordinator, department faculty and career center can provide valuable resources regarding the internship search process, including contacts with specific individuals and organizations.
You can also attend departmental and college-wide career fairs to meet and network with potential internship providers.
When should I intern?
It is recommended that students take their internship in the second semester of their junior year. Internships cannot be taken during the semester prior to graduation. In some departments, a completed internship is a prerequisite for several 400-level courses.
What are the internship requirements?
Internship requirements vary depending on your academic department. Meet with your advisor to learn what’s required for each internship. Department-specific requirements are listed here:
Do I have to get an unpaid internship?
Internship compensation requirements vary in each department. Meet with an advisor to discuss the type of internship you should search for.
If you have a paid internship, compensation will be handled by the organization you are interning for. The exact amount of compensation is agreed upon between you and the company, but should be at least minimum wage.
What are the additional internship requirements?
Internships must be satisfied by continuous employment with a single employer. All internships are writing-intensive courses. As part of the program’s curriculum, students are required to submit weekly reports that are graded for content, clarity and completeness.