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Academic Success and Career Center Cultivating Successful Scholars and Professionals

What is an internship?

Internships vary in duration. They can be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid. The important element that distinguishes an internship from a short-term job is the intentional learning agenda that the intern brings to the experience and the employer provides.

Students who complete an internship are more likely to:

  • Find a job in desired field.
  • Make more money.
  • Have more job offers at graduation.
  • Have greater job satisfaction.
  • Have extended exposure to potential employers.
  • Make rapid advancements in the organization.
  • Get a solid lead with at least one employer.
  • Gain job references.
  • Possibly learn about something they don’t like to do.

Internships help students:

  • Apply knowledge acquired in the classroom to real-world situations.
  • Develop analytical thinking skills and their discipline and its role in the modern world.
  • Clarify attitudes about careers in their field.
  • Improve time management, communication, and interpersonal skills.

Internship Support at the ASCC provides:

  • Career coaches who offer guidance on search strategies, networking, resumes, interviewing, and developing your own internship.
  • Mock interviews.
  • Opportunities to interview for positions through the on-campus interview program and Career Expo.
  • Online and print resources to identify opportunities.