Internships and Experiential Learning
Experiential learning helps you relate classroom theory to the world of work. Engaging in experiential learning opportunities can help you
- Gain valuable work experience before you graduate and experience new work environments
- Establish a strong work history and develop career-related skills and abilities
- Apply knowledge gained from coursework to on-the-job situations
- Reality-test tentative career choices and determine how your values fit into the workplace
- Meet and work with professionals in your field and establish contacts for references
- Gain a competitive edge for employment or graduate school admission
- Boost your self-confidence
To find opportunities for undergraduate research, clinical experience, practicum, and fieldwork, student teaching, contact your academic department.
To find out about study abroad opportunities, see study abroad programs.
An internship integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical experience in a professional setting. Internships can also give students the opportunity to make connections in career fields that they are considering. Students can either receive academic credit for an internship or participate in the Co-Curricular Internship program (see more details below).
Finding an Internship
There are many great internship experiences available, but you must be persistent in your search for an internship. Do not depend on someone to find you an internship. If you look into all opportunities, your chances of obtaining a meaningful experience are much greater.
Use Tiger Jobs, other internet job boards (internships.com, indeed.com, simplyhired.com) and your personal network, (Career Resource Center staff, professors, alumni, current and former employers, family, friends, and classmates) to identify internships.
You can also meet with a career counselor at the Career Resource Center if you need help with your internship search strategy.
To receive academic credit for an approved internship, complete the following steps:
- Write down your goals for your internship. Think about what you want to learn and determine what type of experience could give you a chance to meet your goals.
- Apply and interview for internship possibilities and secure an internship. The Career Resource Center is available to assist you with these steps.
- Choose a faculty supervisor to sponsor your internship. You can check with your faculty advisor for potential faculty supervisors in your major if you don't already have someone in mind.
- Talk to your faculty supervisor. Ask for assistance and begin negotiating your internship learning agreement.
- Work with your faculty advisor, faculty sponsor and site supervisor to finalize and secure all of their signatures to your internship learning agreement.
- Return the signed learning agreement to the Career Resource Center for approval, where it will be stamped.
- Drop off your learning agreement at the Registrar's Office.