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Internships are challenging work opportunities related to your major or intended career that force you to reflect and integrate your college learning in the professional world.

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More significant is the skills advantage interns develop through their experience. Quality internships focus on the critical skills new professionals need to be competitive in the workplace such as risk-taking, leadership, cooperation, critical thinking, and problem solving. Exactly what employers value most.

Internships come in many shapes and sizes. They also vary a lot between career fields and employers. Internships can be paid or unpaid, for-credit or not-for-credit, part-time or full-time, and they can be done at any time during the year, not just in the summer. Some academic programs, like engineering, offer cooperative education placements (co-ops) which are special partnerships between a student, an employer, and a college or university.

What is an Internship?

  • An on-site work experience directly related to career goals and/or fields of interest
  • Supervised, emphasizing learning and professional development
  • Evaluative, providing a system for feedback and communication

An internship is not:

  • Routine, repetitive tasks unrelated to identified learning goals
  • A job that does not offer career related learning opportunities and experiences