Academic Internships

Academic Internship is an academic credit-based internship that provides experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom and offers practical application and professional development in a workforce setting.

 

What is an Academic Internship?

 

Academic Internship is an academic credit-based internship that provides experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom and offers practical application and professional development in a workforce setting.

For-credit internships (paid or unpaid) internship program offers industry partners the talents and energy of students and strengthens the link between the University and the business community.

 

What are the Benefits to an Academic Internship?

Academic Internships are an effective way for you to gain work experience in your field of study before graduation.  Studies show that 7 out of 10 internships may turn into full-time jobs. 

At Cal Poly Pomona, we encourage all undergraduate and graduate students to complete at least 1 internship experience prior to graduation. 

Top 5 Benefits of an internship:

  1. Apply your knowledge/theory to the workforce:

Your hands-on work experience is invaluable and cannot be obtained in a classroom setting, making this one of the most important benefits of internships.

You will have the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge to real work experiences and develop specialized skills and transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, initiative and analytical skills preparing 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.

 

 

You can begin to gain academic credit while you are fulfilling an internship opportunity by visiting your academic department, faculty advisor.  

Internship courses are numbered the same in every major (e.g. 4410 or 4420)