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Career experience AND classroom connections

The National Association of Colleges and Employers defines internships as a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

Benefits of an internship

  • Explore career opportunities or industry fields
  • Relate what you have learned in the classroom to the working world
  • Take advantage of the option to complete an internship for course credit
  • Learn and improve your skills
  • Develop your professionalism and career-related values
  • Increase your marketability for post-graduation employment

How to Find an Internship

  • Establish your specific goals
  • Meet with a career counselor and/or academic department internship coordinator to discuss internship plans
  • Identify internship opportunities using online resources, career fairs, and network contacts
  • Prepare your cover letter, resume, and references
  • Tailor application documents to specific positions and apply for openings
  • Practice interview skills
  • Follow-up with employers and send thank you notes

Establish Specific Goals

Determine potential career fields that are compatible with your interests, skills, and values. 

  • Learn more about internships in your major
  • Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to discuss internships

Questions to ask yourself: 

  • 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 to an internship: 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?

Funding for Internships in the Eau Claire Area

Considering a local internship? You can receive funding for local internships through the Eau Claire Internship Fund. Learn more here.

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