Info about InternshipsWHAT is an Internship?
Per NACE, an internship is 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.
Research has shown that students who complete an internship receive job offers sooner, get more job offers, and higher starting salaries (The Class of 2011 Student Survey Report, NACE).
WHY do an internship?
Internships are a great way to:
- Gain needed work experience
- Increase qualifications
- Learn more about the business world, government sector or non-profit sector
- Solidify career choices
- Learn value of teamwork
- Develop stronger interpersonal skills
WHEN should you do an internship?
Consult your advisor to determine the best time to complete your internship and plan it into your student timeline. You can complete more than one internship and can begin interning as early as your freshman year. You can intern in the fall, spring, or summer.
HOW MUCH will an internship cost?
Some costs to consider:
- Tuition. You may be enrolled in course credit during your internship. If you are, you will pay tuition for the number of hours you enroll in (fall and spring is flat rate tuition and summer is pay by the hour).
- Housing. Some internship programs may offer housing or you may choose to intern in your hometown. Consider where you will live during your internship.
- Internships can be paid or unpaid. Consult the Office of Financial Aid to determine if you will be able to secure financial aid.