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Office of Professional Development & Community Engagement



Why Do I Need to Do an Internship?

  • An internship is the best way to gain real world experience in a career field of your interest.
  • With an internship, you can determine if a career field is a good fit for you. You’ll learn things about the industry and job functions that that cannot be taught.
  • Some internships lead to a full-time position within the same organization.
  • An internship looks amazing on a résume and will give you material to reference during an interview for a full-time position.

When Should I Get an Internship?

  • It’s never too early to do an internship!
  • Internships aren’t just during the summer. Plenty of them are during the school year.
  • The summer after your junior year is a crucial time and you should have an internship lined up for this period.
  • Ideally, try to have two internships before you graduate.

How Do I Find Internship Opportunities?

  • Find an internship on Handshake!
  • Informational interviewing! This step is critical and often overlooked. These are simply conversations with people – often people you already know or alumni- who work in your field of interest to gather information.
  • Using LinkedIn – a great way to find contacts that it is easier than you think. Use our guide to help you make the right connections.
  • Searching internship Websites.

How do I register for an internship?

  • Contact the Office of Professional Development & Community Engagement at or stop into the Office of Professional Development & Community Engagement on the 2nd floor on the McKelvey Campus Center.
  • Internship Guidelines