An internship is pre-professional work experience that provides students, recent graduates, and career changers with opportunities to explore various career fields and interests. Internships can be part-time (most common) or full-time, paid or unpaid, and are offered by a wide variety of businesses and organizations. The duration or length of an internship can run anywhere between 120 to 240 hours depending on the Academic program. A typical intern usually works between 10-20 hours per week, although this varies depending on the company.
According to the National Association of College Employers (NACE), “70% of employers say that they hire their interns for full-time positions after graduation before looking elsewhere.”
NOTE: STUDENTS MUST MEET WITH THEIR ADVISOR BEFORE THEY BEGIN THEIR INTERNSHIP TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE PROPERLY ENROLLED AND HAVE THE NECESSARY PAPERWORK COMPLETED!
Students should first check with their advisor before they look for an internship to make sure they understand the process and expectations. Some Academic programs have specific timeframes and semesters when students need to enroll and complete their internship. Some programs also place their students at specific locations so students do not need to find an internship site.
NOTE: Some programs place their students at specific businesses so students do not need to find their internship site. Students should first check with their advisor to know if they are responsible to find their internship site.
NOTE: It is important to know that not all internship sites may be listed so students should also research companies in their area that they would prefer to complete their internship.