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Academic Internships

Every year Cal Poly Pomona helps over 1000 students make a difference at real world companies through the Academic Internship.  At Cal Poly Pomona, we encourage all undergraduate and graduate students to complete at least 1 internship experience prior to graduation.  Read on to learn about the advantages that Academic Internships provide to both CPP students and the partner sites which host them.


What distinguishes an Academic Internship?


An Academic Internship is just what it sounds like: any internship that provides academic credit for the work that a student does while working with a partner site. They provide experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and professional development in a workforce setting.

For-credit internships (paid or unpaid) programs offer partners the talents and energy of students, and strengthens the link between the University and the global community.


Benefits of an Academic Internship

Academic Internships are an effective way for you to gain work experience in your field of study before graduation.  Statistically 7 out of 10 internships turn into full-time job offers. 


Other benefits:

  1. Apply your knowledge/theory to the workforce:

Hands-on work experience is invaluable and cannot be obtained in a classroom setting.

You will have the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge to real work experiences and develop both specialized skills and transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, initiative and analytical techniques which prepare you to enter the workforce upon graduation.

  1. Provides great networking opportunities:

In the working world, it’s all about who you know. As an intern, you will be surrounded by professionals in the industry. The professionals you encounter during an internship can be your future colleagues or the connection to your first job

  1. Allows you to stand out in the job market:

University graduates who already have some work experience in the form of an internship stand out to potential employers. An internship will allow you to be more marketable in the workforce because you would require less training and can handle more responsibilities.

  1. Exploring your career path:

Internships are a great way for students to acquaint themselves with the field they are interested in. Some students begin college with a major or career path in mind, and end up changing their minds later on.