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Internships provide an opportunity to facilitate student learning outside of the classroom, allowing students to apply academic theory to “real world” situations, explore career options and gain a competitive edge in the labor market. Employers benefit from additional labor, fresh ideas and the opportunity to create a pipeline for future employment.

  • Research shows that 85% of companies use internship & similar experiential education programs to recruit for their full-time work forces (, 2007).
  • Employers reported they offered full-time jobs to 2 out of 3 interns (NACE, 2007).
  • 42% of employers offer higher starting salaries to new college graduates who have interned(, 2009).

What is an Internship?

An internship is:

  • A supervised work experience that is designed to provide structured learning opportunities Generally, minimum of one semester; however, can be project based
  • May be paid or unpaid
  • May offer academic credit upon completion

Please note: Procedures for obtaining academic credit vary; Contact your faculty advisor or department to determine guidelines for approval and application process.

What is the Difference between a Job and an Internship?

An internship:

  • Is related to the student’s field of study
  • Provides on-the-job training & an opportunity to learn additional skills
  • Is designed to meet specific learning objectives
  • May be required to graduate
  • May be supplemented with additional academic assignments
  • Has a defined end date

What are the Benefits of Interning?

Internships provide opportunities to:

  • Explore career options related to one’s interests, values, skills & personality
  • Gain professional skills & self-confidence
  • Gather insight into a particular industry or organizational culture
  • Develop related work experience & apply classroom learning Establish connections & build a network of contacts

Steps to Obtaining an Internship

1. Consider the skills you may want to develop:

  • What skills will be beneficial in the field that you wish to pursue?
  • What skills do you lack, or require improvement?
  • What environment will provide you with the opportunity to develop these skills?

2. Begin your search 3-6 months prior to when you want to intern

3. Update your resume to include:

  • Academic Projects
  • Relevant Coursework
  • Campus & Community Involvement
  • Participation in Student Organizations

4. Obtain faculty recommendation & prepare references

5. Research fields & companies of interest

6. To receive academic credit:

  • Speak to your Faculty Advisor or department to determine eligibility criteria, guidelines & application procedures
  • Register for the required Internship Course
  • Consider Community Engagement:

7. Begin your search:

  • Tell everyone you know that you are looking for an internship
  • Attend Career Fairs, Resumaniacs & Career Cafes hosted by the Career Center
  • Attend professional mixers & meetings
  • Utilize Alumni Mentoring
  • Utilize online resources

The HACU National Internship Program

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is now accepting internship applications. Please log onto their website for opportunities and application process.