Internships are a great way to get experience before landing a full-time job. In fact, research shows that 70% of interns actually receive full-time job offers as a result of their internships. Along with a possible full-time job and the chance to gain knowledge about an industry or particular company, an internship also gives you the opportunity to:

  • Gain hands-on experience beyond the classroom in your field of study.
  • Develop and/or sharpen professional skills and work habits that employers look for in your field like communication, leadership, and the ability to solve problems.
  • Understand what it is like to be in a professional work setting.
  • Acquire a practical knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of your work-related skills, as well as clarification of your work-related interests and values.
  • Demonstrate your work ethic and ability to take initiative, in order to establish a track record for future employers. 
  • Have the potential to obtain referrals for future jobs through the network of contacts that you build.
  • Potentially gain academic credit towards the completion of your degree if you meet certain eligibility requirements.

If you are eligible, there are several benefits to earning academic credit for internship as well. Some of these include:

  • Students gain credit towards the completion of their degree and get valuable professional experience at the same time.
  • Students gain an opportunity to draw on and apply classroom-learned skills in a professional setting through reflective assignments and coursework. 
  • Learning objectives are created and attended to in a collaborative and intentional manner between students and internship employers/supervisors.
  • Faculty Internship Advisors oversee each student’s experience, both in credit and non-credit courses. 
  • Internship participation is recorded on the transcript and students can earn the credit equivalent of up to two elective courses. 
  • Employers are required to evaluate student’s performance and share feedback with the student at the conclusion of their internship.
  • Many employers require academic accountability for their internship program offerings.


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