An internship is an extension of your college learning experience. It occurs in the actual workplace where you are provided a "hands on" learning opportunity as your employer trains you in a real work atmosphere. Even though many internships do not offer salaries, the benefits of such participation are incalculable and will last you a lifetime. This type of experience is an excellent way to begin your chosen career path and to explore employment tracks that you may be considering. It also provides opportunities to put to practical use what you are learning in the classroom. Internships are unique opportunities to “test the waters.” Students may receive academic credit pending approval from their academic major department.

Handshake also serves as a database that allows employers to post job and internship listings directly to our site. All students must register in order to gain access to this database as well as to the services available through the Center. Further assistance with job search strategies and resources should be discussed with your respective career counselor or by enrolling in our workshop on Job Search Strategies. More assistance with internships may be provided by our in-house Internship Coordinator.

The benefits of an internship include, but are not limited to the following:                                                                                                                     

  • gaining experience relevant to your career goals
  • helping you decide on a particular career path
  • providing employment experience that can be put on your resume and cover letters
  • affording you a competitive edge
  • exploring opportunities and expanding potential career choices
  • earning academic credit
  • networking with professionals
  • developing contacts for future job offers