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What is an internship?

According to the National Society for Internships and Experiential Education, an internship is "any type of carefully monitored work or service experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience."

The important thing to remember about an internship is that it is more than a short-term job or volunteer work. The student must enter the internship with specific learning goals in mind. Therefore it is very important for students to discuss their internship objectives with their major professors when planning internships and to select a cooperating faculty sponsor who can best help them achieve their objectives.

Internships provide you with opportunities to:

  • Explore and confirm career choices
  • Gain practical experience to give you a competitive edge in the job market
  • Ease the transition from school to workplace
  • Gain exposure to current technology and knowledge in the field
  • Develop professional contacts
  • Earn and develop job search skills

Getting Started with an Internship

In addition to visiting the links on this page, we advise you to visit the office of career services to explore ideas and opportunities for internships. The office can provide to you great information on finding an internship that is right for you.