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An internship is a hands-on work experience that is directly related to your career interests. It can be paid or unpaid, full or part-time, and can take place during the the summer or academic year. The benefit to you is a practical, real-world experience that provides an understanding of different industries, career fields and employers. You can apply your academic talents in the 'working world" and develop new skills. An internship also provides valuable networking opportunities.

  1. Establish your specific goals
  2. Meet with a career advisor and/or academic department internship coordinator to discuss internship plans
  3. Identify internship opportunities using online resources, career fairs, and network contacts
  4. Prepare your cover letter, resume, and references
  5. Tailor application documents to specific positions and apply for openings
  6. Practice interview skills
  7. Follow-up with employers and send thank you notes
Determine two or three potential career fields that are compatible with your interests, skills and values. Career advising can help you get focused.

  • What kind of work environment and industry would I like to work in?
  • What type of company/organization would I like to gain experience in?
  • Is there opportunity for future employment with the company?
  • What type of skills do I wish to develop? What would I like to gain from the experience?
  • What type of work would I like to perform?
  • How much time do I have to dedicate;a semester, a summer, a year?
  • Am I looking for a full-time or part-time internship position?
  • Can I complete the internship for academic credit, does it meet departmental requirements?
  • Am I able to move to a different location or does the internship need to be in a certain location? If I am willing to move, how far?
  • Will I need to travel for the internship?
  • Are travel costs covered by the organization?
  • Do I need any specific qualifications for the type of internship?
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Where can I find information related to internships?

  • Information about internships can be found on the Career Services website. To schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor to gain information about internships or career resources, contact Career Services at 715-836-5358.

What are the benefits of an internship?

  • Explore career opportunities or industry fields
  • Relate academic or course material to work experience
  • Take advantage of the option to complete an internship for course credit
  • Learn and improve skills
  • Develop professionalism and career-related values
  • Increase marketability for post-graduation employment

Can I get credit for my internship?

  • Depending on the internship, there may be the option to gain internship credit.The process for gaining credit varies by academic department. Review the UW-Eau Claire course catalog and meet with your academic department internship coordinator or department chair to discuss internship credit.

Is there a charge to complete an internship for credit?

  • There is a charge to complete an internship for credit, and the tuition fee is based on credits.  If a student completes an internship during an academic semester and is at full-time student status, there is no additional charge to the student as long as the semester credits do not exceed 18 credit hours. If completing a summer internship, the student is responsible for paying the amount per credit established by UW-Eau Claire.

How much do internships pay?

  • Internship wages vary according to experience and skills required, year in school, type of position, employer, and location.

How long do internships last?

  • The length of internships vary based on internship type and company. Internships can be either part or full time, depending upon the employment opportunity. The time frame for the internship is determined by the employer; most employers will work with the student to figure out when best to start and end the internship.

When should I start researching internship opportunities?

  • Students are encouraged to start researching internships as first and second year students at UW-Eau Claire. By exploring internships, students learn about opportunities in their field of study. Career Services offers individual advising appointments and group workshops to students interested in learning about internships as well as resources to help search for open positions.

When should I start applying for internships?

  • A student should start to research internships early in college. Position descriptions will note the time frame for the internship and application deadline. The timeline for hiring interns varies depending on position and company. It is important that students follow application instructions.

Do employers come on campus to recruit for internships?

  • Yes, employers attend the Fall and Spring Career Conferences, host on-campus information sessions, and conduct on-campus interviews to recruit students for open positions. For more information on campus recruitment, please visit Career Services, Old Library 2100.

Do I have to stay in Eau Claire to complete an internship?

  • No, a student can participate in an internship in any geographic location, whether in the Eau Claire area or outside of the Chippewa Valley. There are internship opportunities available with local, regional, national, and international organizations.

How can I locate internships outside of the Eau Claire area?

  • There are a variety of internship opportunities available to UW-Eau Claire students. At the Fall and Spring Career Conferences employers recruit students for internship and job openings. The available positions depend on the registered employers. Handshake, UW-Eau Claire's jobs and internships database, provides opportunities for students. Along with Handshake, LinkedIn is a great resource for networking with professionals in different industries across the U.S. and the world. It also has an internship and job search site available to site users.

Can I obtain an internship with no previous work experience?

  • Yes, employers look for knowledge and skills to meet internship requirements. Skills can be developed through completed coursework, volunteer experience, campus organizations, and extracurricular activities; these skills are transferable to a work setting. To discuss how skills translate and are marketable to an internship opportunity, schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor in Career Services, Old Library 2100 by calling 715-836-5358 or making an appointment online here.