Planning Your Internship

Planning your internship

  • Internships for credit may be done as early as the summer after your first year.
  • The earlier you start doing internships, the more you benefit.
  • Internships are developmental in nature. Doing one early prepares you and makes you a stronger candidate for more demanding, higher profile internships later in your college career.
  • Plan ahead.  Your major, class schedule, study abroad, and work schedule may limit your options for when you can actually add an internship.
  • You can do a 4-credit internship as one of your four primary classes, a nice way to balance out a term with three demanding academically-oriented classes. You may also add an 1 or 2-credit internship on top of your four 4-credit classes if you can realistically commit the time required.
  • Pick a study away program that includes an internship (about one third do).
  • Do a January internship.  These may be done anywhere in the world, and the cost of the 1-2 credits you can earn are “free” (it is built into your tuition).  
  • Summer Internships. The summer months provide more time for internships and research opportunities, many of which are not available during the school year.  Tuition is charged for academic internships in summer, but many situations qualify for a full tuition waiver program.  See the Internship Program office for details.

What kind of internship should you do?

  • Consider what you wish to accomplish by the end of your time in college - what kind of internship can help you attain your dream internship later?
  • Focus on opportunities that are realistic and most beneficial for you at this stage of your development, coursework, and skills.  
  • Plan an internship that matches up with a course you will be taking so your work experience will enhance what you are learning in class and vice-versa.
  • Find work that complements/enriches your area of study.
  • Access an opportunity with an organization that will help you explore a new field.