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What is an Internship?

Internships are a great way to "test-drive" career possibilities. By participating in an internship, you gain hands-on experience and enhance your knowledge of a career field.


  • Typically are one-time work or service experiences related to a student's major or career goal
  • Generally involve a student working in a professional setting under the supervision and monitoring of practicing professionals
  • Are structured educational experiences which incorporate productive work experience as a regular part of a college student's curriculum

During an internship, you will:

  • Learn more about a specific industry / field
  • Test career choices
  • Gain real world work experience and develop professional competence
  • Learn and improve specific skills such as communication, problem solving, teamwork, new computer applications, interpersonal skills, networking and presentation skills as well as product, company, and career knowledge
  • Witness classroom theories and principles being applied in real world situations
  • Increase your marketability