An internship is your opportunity to earn college credit—and maybe get paid—while actually working and learning new skills.
Internships can be paid or unpaid and can last anywhere from a few weeks to several semesters—most last a full semester. You’ll work anywhere from 5 to 40 hours per week, depending on the terms of your agreement.
Internships are a great way to gain real-world experience and skills. They also allow you to explore a career that you’re interested in and can help you determine whether you want to go into that field.
To earn academic credit, your academic department must approve the internship before you begin working. You’ll also need to meet your department’s qualifications.
For more information, see our Office of Academic Internships, Cooperative Education and Service Learning
Land the Perfect Internship
There are several ways that you can find an internship. Our favorite is through Handshake, where we screen each post to verify that it’s legitimate.
Other options include LinkedIn or Indeed, Student Employment, or finding one on your own—through your network, by contacting businesses you’re interested in, or even through your professors.