Welcome to the Westminster College Career Center, where we can help map out the road that leads to your dream career. This means thoroughly examining your personal and professional goals and creating objectives to reach them. Here are the first steps you can take to prepare for this journey:
Internships provide invaluable opportunities to gain skills and insights that can’t be discovered any other way. That’s why Westminster College strongly encourages all of their students to participate in one or more internship experiences by the time they graduate. Not only are these experiences valuable for personal growth, but they open doors, linking potential employers to our students.
Internships may be served during any term, over breaks and during summer. Academic credit is awarded for faculty-approved, registered internships. Some internships are paid, but most are not.
Students are encouraged to contact Katy DeMedal at the Career Center at (724)946-6338 or firstname.lastname@example.org help in arranging an internship.
Possibilities are limited only by your imagination and the approval of the academic department awarding credit. Westminster’s philosophy is that students benefit from arranging their own internships by developing and applying networking and job search skills to design an experience that matches their individual academic, personal and professional goals.
An internship is a three-way agreement among the student, a faculty member, and an on-site supervisor.
The student is responsible for:
The Faculty Supervisor is responsible for:
The On-Site Supervisor is responsible for:
IMPORTANT: All internship paperwork must be completed and submitted prior to commencement of the internship and on or before the last day to add a course for the semester (Drop/Add Deadline). Internship credits cannot be earned retroactively. Students are not permitted to register for credit after completing the internship.
40 hours of on-the-job internship experience are required for each academic credit hour awarded 1
1 credit = minimum of 40 internship hours
2 credits = minimum of 80 internship hours
3 credits = minimum of 120 internship hours
4 credits = minimum of 160 internship hours
An off-campus internship or experiential learning experience that is not registered with Westminster College as a course experience for academic credit is not a recognized course and is not sanctioned or endorsed by the College. The College does not assume any responsibility for or liability in connection with such unregistered non-credit experiences. Students participating in such unregistered internship experiences assume all ensuing risks.
Westminster alumni play an important role in helping students and fellow alumni chart their course. Your experience, your credibility, and your advice are invaluable as complements to the programs, services and resources offered here on campus. Here are a few suggestions for ways alumni can get involved:
Update your profile. The single most helpful step is also the easiest: please visit the Alumni page and update your information, particularly the sections covering professional information. Lastly, please include a personal email address so students can easily communicate with you via the email link in your profile. Take the Graduate Survey.
House a Student during Summer Term (Titan Homes). Housing is a critical factor for many students considering internship opportunities. It can be very difficult and expensive for students to rent an apartment for a few months during the summer. We hate to see students decline internship experiences because they’re unable to afford the associated costs of living expenses. The Career Center is aggressively working to develop funding sources to help students cover the expenses and lost earnings of summer internships, and your ability to offer housing to Westminster students helps us extend that support to more students. (Volunteer on Alumni Page)
Join the Westminster Group on LinkedIn. Currently more than 2000 Westminster Alumni have joined LinkedIn, making it a vibrant community that provides lively discussions with other alumni as well as practical advice for students exploring their role in the professional world.
Alumni, please email the Career Center if you are willing to:
Share Your Experience. A 30-minute conversation, whether on the phone or over a cup of coffee, can be invaluable for a student exploring career options. You don’t need to be an expert or a luminary; all it takes is a willingness to talk about your career path, share advice, and provide insights on how you got from here to there.
Send us your job leads. Post-graduate job leads from our alumni and parents are critical to the success of Westminster students and are greatly appreciated by the Career Center. If you know of any internship or entry-level opportunities within your organization, please submit them to the Career Center so that we can share them with students.
Sponsor an Internship. Internships provide students with realistic exposure to occupational fields in which they are interested. The Career Center helps facilitate internships for students. We also welcome internship offers from parents of students, employers, and other friends of the College. If you're not in a position to sponsor an intern yourself, please talk with your HR department about other ways to include Westminster College in their internship program.