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What is an internship?

An internship can be an exciting part of your education that supplements your academic knowledge, promotes personal development, and provides professional preparation. While on an internship, you can learn more about your chosen profession, meet new people, and gain self-confidence. Having an internship will also aid your job search as many companies use an internship to pre-screen prospective employees.

A business communication internship is a part-time or full-time work experience that lets you integrate your formal study with practical work experience. As a business communication intern, you may be paid for your work (salary and benefits are determined by your employer), and you will receive academic credits for your experience.

While many full-time internships are completed during the summer, other students take a fall and/or spring semester away from campus to complete a full-time internship. Students registering to earn credit for a full-time internship retain full-time student status during the internship semester. Part-time internships are often completed while taking classes.

College of Business students may earn university credit for their internship or may elect to have their college-approved internship recorded on their university transcript as a non-credit learning experience. Internship credit requires additional activity beyond the internship work experience. See your major department for additional details.

Some of the Companies Participating in Our Internship Program

  • 3M 
  • Aflac 
  • ALDI 
  • American Express 
  • American Family Insurance 
  • Baker Tilly 
  • Boulay, Heutmaker, Zibell & Co. 
  • Cargill 
  • Carlson Companies 
  • Cascades Tissue 
  • Citizens Community Credit Union 
  • City of Eau Claire 
  • CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP 
  • Cray, Inc. 
  • CUNA Mutual 
  • Deloitte and Touche 
  • Direct Supply 
  • Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce 
  • Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation 
  • Ecolab 
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car 
  • EY 
  • Federated Insurance 
  • Figi's 
  • First Federal Savings Bank  
  • Frito Lay
  • General Growth Properties 
  • Harley-Davidson 
  • Hormel 
  • Huebsch Services 
  • IBM Corporation 
  • ImageTrend 
  • JAMF Software
  • Kimberly-Clark 
  • KPMG 
  • Kraft Foods 
  • Land O'Lakes 
  • Lands' End
  • Leinenkugel Brewing Company 
  • Liberty Mutual 
  • Lockheed Martin 
  • LSS Data Systems 
  • Marshfield Clinic 
  • Mason Companies 
  • Maverick Media 
  • Mayo Clinic Health Systems 
  • McGladrey 
  • Menards 
  • National Presto Industries, Inc. 
  • Nestle 
  • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network 
  • Prudential SecuritiesRCU 
  • Realityworks 
  • Roehl Transport Inc. 
  • SBC Communications Corp. 
  • Schneider National 
  • Sears Holdings 
  • Securian Financial Group 
  • Sentry Insurance 
  • Sherwin-Williams Co. 
  • State Farm Insurance 
  • Stepan 
  • Sun Life Financial 
  • SVA Certified Public Accountants 
  • Swiss Colonies 
  • Target 
  • Thomson Reuters 
  • Travelers 
  • U.S. Bancorp 
  • Uniprise 
  • United Health 
  • Wipfli 
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation 
  • Wisconsin Gas

Learn how to set up and register for an internship!

Work with a company, your academic advisor, the Handshake system and the Internship Coordinator to get your experience set up.  Find out how.

You can also check the status of your internship application.

  1. Go Handshake and login with your UW-Eau Claire credentials.
  2. Under “Career Center” at the top right of the screen, click “Experiences”.
  3. Click “View Details” on the your internship.
  4. Scroll down to the approval section to view the status.