Student & Parent Internship Information
An internship is "a form of experiential education that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting.... An integral component of the experience that distinguishes it from other types of work is one or more forms of structured and deliberate reflection contained within learning agendas or objectives." (Internship‐Net Listserv - May 2010)
Am I eligible for an internship?
U.S. citizens of any class year are eligible to complete an internship without earning credit. The experience is great for developing your resume and exploring career ideas. All rsing Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who have a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or above are eligible to complete internships for 1,2, or 3 credits per semester (maximum of 6 credits overall). Non U.S. Citizens are only eligible for credit-bearing internships (see below).
Non U.S. Citizen Students:
All international students considering an internship or external summer research opportunity must contact Nancy Goulde in the Office of International Student Services to discuss your visa and eligibility before applying for the experience. You will need to show relevance of the internship to your major in order to obtain Curricular Practical Training (CPT).
How do I find an Internship?
- Check WildCat Connections and The Portal for exclusive opportunities as they become available.
- Explore our Alumnae Sponsored internships, which come with generous stipends and housing assistance.
- Search internet databases for advertised internship openings. The Search Resources page includes a list of suggested websites.
- Speak with your Academic Advisor and the Internship Coordinator for local connections.
- Make a list of employers for whom you would like to intern and research if they have an internship program. If they do not have an established internship program, speak with Maryam Brown, Internship Coordinator, about how to write a Letter of Inquiry.
I've found an internship that I would like to apply for. Now what?
Applying for an internship is important practice for your future job search. Therefore it is vital that you learn the most effective way to write cover letters and resumes. To get started in the right direction, use the resources on the Forms & Handouts page. Once you have a draft of your resume and cover letter, schedule an appointment with Maryam Brown, Internship Coordinator, by contacting the Experiential Learning Center (434) 947-8116.