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What is an internship?

A carefully monitored work or service experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what she or he is learning throughout the experience. Part of an educational program and carefully monitored and evaluated for academic credit, or part of a learning plan that the intern develops.

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 counselors 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.
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