Undergraduate Internships

Our students participate in academic internships each year. It’s a great opportunity to get valuable, real-world experiences before entering a competitive job market.

Our aim is to provide students with valuable, real-world experiences through meaningful internships. We are dedicated to building high quality partnerships with our internship sites. Here, students will find information to help them identify and prepare for internships. Employers will find information to help them develop internship opportunities within their organizations.

Value of an Internship

Internships can help students to increase their understanding of chosen fields, enhance their academic experiences, and expand their networks. Studies reveal that students with proven job skills and internship-related work experiences are valuable assets to employers. Moreover, research underscores the importance of strong communication and leadership skills, as well as teamwork, to potential employers. All three of these areas, communication, leadership, and teamwork, can be developed during internships.

Interns bring enthusiasm, energy, and fresh perspectives to organizations. Internships can be a cost-effective means of evaluating the performance of potential employees before making a job offer. Most of all, employers receive the satisfaction of helping students progress in their personal and career development.

How to get an Internship

  1. Talk to your advisor about types of internships and placements.
  2. Set specific goals with respect to desired skills and knowledge to be gained during an internship.
  3. Work with career services to create a resume. Review the resume with your advisor.
  4. Discuss specific internship sites with your advisor. Send your resume and a cover letter to identified contacts at internship sites.
  5. Set up an interview. Be sure to dress appropriately for the setting and bring another copy of your resume. You may want to bring a portfolio if your advisor thinks it is necessary for the desired internship.
  6. Prepare for the interview by reviewing your goals and experiences. Practice responding to questions that might be asked.
  7. Get to the interview on time and do your best.
  8. Be sure to print out the Internship Handbook (PDF), where you will find important university forms as well as information about evaluation and academic credit.
  9. Work with your advisor to register for the internship and to submit your signed Internship Contractual Agreement (PDF).
  10. Work hard, gain valuable experience, make a name for yourself, and have fun!

*** Remember that all internships must be approved by your academic department. Please check with your advisor and/or your department’s internship coordinator regarding the internship process. ***

Some Tips When Seeking an Internship:

  1. Work with career services to create a resume. You can always review the resume with your advisor.
  2. Discuss specific internship sites with your advisor. Send your resume and a cover letter to identified contacts at internship sites.
  3. Dress appropriately for your interview and bring a copy of your resume. You may wish to bring a portfolio if your advisor thinks it is necessary.
  4. The Internship Handbook (PDF) offers important university forms as well as information about evaluation and academic credit.
  5. Work with your advisor to register for the internship and to submit your signed Internship Contractual Agreement (PDF).