Internships are structured, supervised, and short-term programs in which undergraduate or graduate students perform tasks and duties within an organization in order to gain knowledge and experience in their respective field of study. The internship is usually performed over the course of one semester, or during a summer or winter break. The student may or may not earn monetary compensation from the company and/or academic credit from the university. Internship programs should benefit both the student and the organization. To maintain academic integrity, internship job descriptions are reviewed and approved by the university to ensure significant responsibility and learning opportunities in the intern's field of study.
Who is eligible for an internship?
Students in every discipline of study are eligible for internships. Students may apply for an internship if they meet the position qualifications as defined by the employer. Students who meet course pre-requisites for university internships may also apply to earn academic credit in their major discipline. National data indicates that employers expect to see three to four internships prior to graduation on the student's resume. For that reason, we encourage students to begin seeking an internship at the beginning of their sophomore year with the expectation of increasing the benefits of experiential learning and enhancing future internship and employment opportunities.
Some Facts About Internships:
- Forty percent of Class of 2013 graduates who completed internships were hired for full-time employment by the organization at which they interned, according to preliminary results of NACE's 2014 Internship & Co-op Survey.