Internships help you apply classroom learning to real-life situations and internship experiences to your classroom learning. They may help you test your career interests and goals, gain valuable on-the-job experience, and begin to establish valuable networking contacts for your job search.
An internship is:
- A monitored work experience
- Where the intern has intentional goals and reflects actively on what is being learned in the experience.
- Not an unsupervised, part-time job with tasks unrelated to career experience and growth.
Begin thinking about internships early
Investigate volunteer positions
Consider the advantage of short-term commitments
Explore student organizations related to your interests
Determine how an internship might earn academic credits
Review the Fair Labor Standards Act
This federal regulation governs the internship sponsor's responsibility in providing an educational environment for the intern.