What is Internship

An internship is a period of work experience offered by an organization for a limited period of time. Once confined to medical graduates, internship is used for a wide range of placements in businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

Definition and Benefits of an Internship

(1) Relates to a student's major and/or career goal.
(2) Enhances a student's academic, career, and personal development.
(3) Is supervised by a professional in the field.
(4) Can be one academic term (summer, spring, fall) or multiple academic terms in length.
(5) Is Paid or unpaid, part-time or full-time.
(6) Is mutually agreed upon by the student, supervisor and/or faculty member.
(7) Meets registration requirements for 0 credit hour or academic internship course.
(8) Can also be called a Practicum or Co-Op.

(1) Learn about a career field from the inside and decide if this is the right career field for you.
(2) Work alongside a professional in your chosen career area.
(3) Observe the workplace and see if it matches expectations.
(4) Gain knowledge about a specific industry.

(1) Experience - One of the recurring themes in any entry level job search is lack of experience. "Where do I get experience if no one is willing to hire me?" The answer is simple: Get an internship !
(2) Learn new skills and add to your knowledge base while gaining confidence in your abilities.
(3) Opportunity to practice communication and teamwork skills.
(4) Provide evidence that you have initiative, are reliable, and have a sense of responsibility.
(5) Apply some of the ideas learned in school and provide a bridge between school and the professional world.
(6) Achieve a sense of accomplishment by contributing to an organization.
(7) An internship offers you the chance to learn by doing in a setting where you are supervised by a work-place professional and have the opportunity to achieve your own learning goals, without the responsibilities of being a permanent employee..

(1) Gain valuable experience and accomplishments to add to your resume and/or enhance your application to graduate school.
(2) Create an advantage over other job or graduate school applicants.
(3) Potential for a full-time job offer at the end of the internship based on your performance.