Internships, Co-Ops and Experiential Learning
- Can help you decide/affirm your choice of major/career
- Help you gain valuable, relevant work experience
- Obtain hands-on learning experience integrating classroom instruction in a "real world" setting
- Develop a network among professionals that can assist you!
- The possibilty of earning "Academic Credit" or getting paid while you develop real-world experience
- Make sure to review each tab below especially the FAQ
For the Spring 2017 Semester your CDC Contact will be Ms. Gabriela Gutierrez Graduate Intern
- Getting Started
- Workshop Dates
- Receive Credit
Students interested in applying for internships are required to:
- Resume Review: Have your resume critiqued by a Career Counselor either during a walk-in period or by appointment in order to receive approval for use in RaiderNet.
- Either Select a workshop date or schedule an appointment with Ms. Egan: to learn how to search, secure and receive credit for internships.
- Begin Your Search: Use RaiderNet as your primary search tool for internships. Additional resources include Career Shift, Internships.com and Going Global.
- Prepare for the Interview: Review our Interview Prep page for information on how best to prepare for internship interviews.
- Accept an Offer: Consider your options carefully after review the Offer Acceptance Guidelines page...see a Career Counselor if you have questions or concerns.
- Report Offers: Report any offers and acceptances through your RaiderNet account. The tab can be found under the Profile tab on your Home Page.
- Receiving Credit: If you are interested in receiving credit for an internship, review the Receive Credit tab above.
Please check back soon for an update to the Internship Workshop Dates for Fall 2016
If you are looking for an internship we encourage you to attend one of these workshops:
|Monday, September 19||11:30 am||Hill 314|
|Wednesday, October 26||2:30 pm||Hill 210|
|Tuesday, November 15||4:30 pm||Hill 314|
The process by which you may receive credit for an internship varies by school or academic department. However the one constant for all majors is that you may not receive credit for an internship that was already completed. Make sure to review the FAQ tab to address any initial questions you might have.
Internships Collaboratively Managed by CDC and Academic Departments
Internships Managed by School or Academic Department
*Please Note: If you do not see your major listed above you should contact the respective school or academic department directly for information.
Frequently asked Questions
- Q1: How do I obtain an internship?
- Q2: I would like to intern, but I don't have any relevant experience. May I still apply for an internship?
- Q3: May I receive credit for a job I am currently working at or an internship I completed in the past?
- Q4: May I receive credit for an internship at a family-owned business or work with a relative?
- Q5: Can I participate in an unpaid internship?
- Q6: Do I need to attend an orientation meeting?
- Q7: Does my major need to be declared before receiving credit for an internship?
- Q8: Should I intern before I graduate?
- Q9: I just graduated, can I still do an internship?
- A1: How do I obtain an internship?
- A2: I would like to intern, but I don't have any relevant experience. May I still apply for an internship?
- A3: May I receive credit for a job I am currently working at or an internship I completed in the past?
- A4: May I receive credit for an internship at a family-owned business or work with a relative?
- A5: Can I participate in an unpaid internship?
- A6: Do I need to attend an orientation meeting?
- A7: Does my major need to be declared before receiving credit for an internship?
- A8: Should I intern before I graduate?
- A8: I just graduated, can I still do an internship?
It is important for you to use all of your resources (CDC, Internet, networking). Through the Career Development Center (CDC), all internship opportunities are posted through our employer platform RaiderNet. In addition to RaiderNet, you also have access to other internship/job search sites including Career Shift and Internships.com. CDC also hosts several career fairs throughout the year which students are encouraged to attend to network with employers face-to-face.
Yes, the internship is supposed to be a learning experience, so employers aren't expecting students to have worked in the field prior to the internship. However, employers want to see that a student has had some type of work experience (part-time or volunteer) where skills may be transferred (i.e. customer service, communication skills, and organizational skills).
NO, students may not receive credit for a job they are currently working at or for an internship that was completed in the past. The main purpose of a credit-bearing internship is that it should be a new learning experience to enhance your education. Since it should be a new learning experience, you will be expected to write a paper or journal which will be evaluated the same semester in which you are interning. This hands-on work experience will complement your education simultaneously.
NO, students may not receive credit for an internship they are completing at a family-owned business or with a relative who is supervising them. In these cases, the intern may receive preferential treatment and we require all interns to receive an impartial evaluation.
It depends, The federal government has strict guidelines regarding "for profit" employers as to what is and isn't acceptable as it relates to unpaid internships. For further information regarding unpaid internships at "for profit" employers, please see the U.S. Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Fact Sheet 71.
According to the FLSA: "Unpaid internships in the public sector and for non-profit charitable organizations, where the intern volunteers without expectation of compensation, are generally permissible."
NO, Although we recommend that students select a workshop date or schedule an appointment with Ms. Egan to learn how to search, secure and receive credit for internships.
Yes, students must have declared their major in order to receive credits for an internship. The only internship courses that are available are those within particular academic majors since students will be supervised by a faculty member within a specific academic department.
Yes, it is highly recommended to intern with at least one organization while pursuing your (undergraduate or graduate) degree. The majority of internships lead to full-time positions as they will give you an "edge" above those who have had no prior experience.
Most internships are intended to be completed while enrolled in school. If you have already graduated, it is recommended you search for full-time employment. Please make an appointment with a Career Counselor regarding job search assistance.