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College and Career Planning
Internships

Internship / On the Job Training

Internships provide real world experience to those looking to explore or gain the relevant knowledge and skills required to enter into a particular career field. Internships are relatively short term in nature with the primary focus on getting some on the job training and taking what’s learned in the classroom and applying it to the real world. For internships for credit, usually a faculty sponsor will work along with the site supervisor to ensure that the necessary learning is taking place.

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Why be an Intern?
  • Explore your interests and gain valuable experience
  • Apply theory and knowledge from the classroom
  • Develop new skills & confidence
  • Build your resume
  • Network with employers and professionals
  • Explore possible career paths
  • Transition into a job or prepare for graduate school
What Types of Internships are Available?

Internships are available in a wide variety of fields from both the private and not-for-profit sectors of the job market. Internships may be paid or unpaid, for credit or not-for-credit, and may be pursued spring, summer, or fall. Internships are considered any opportunity where you are able to train and get relevant work experience in a particular job or career field. Volunteer work can also be considered a form of internship, since you are getting exposure to working in a nonprofit work environment which is usually quite different from working in an organization for profit.

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Develop Your Own Internship

There are many different ways to find a great internship experience. Many companies have well-established strong internship programs. Others may have assorted positions available as the need arises. However, it may be that you can’t find the position you’re looking for. In this case you can research and develop your own position. It takes time and effort but an internship that is specifically tailored to your own academic and career goals can be better than one that is "close enough."

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Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning (WBL) gives students the opportunity to learn a variety of skills by expanding the walls of classroom learning to include the community. By narrowing the gap between theory and practice, Work-Based Learning creates meaning for students. WBL provides opportunities for students to learn a variety of skills through rigorous academic preparation with hands-on career development experiences. Under the guidance of adult mentors, students learn to work in teams, solve problems, and meet employers’ expectation.

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