Why participate in an internship?

What is an Internship, and why should I consider doing one?

An internship can be thought of as field-based experience related to a students career interests, academic major or desired graduate school discipline. Internships provide students with an opportunity to put into practice what they learn in their coursework, and to receive feedback from an experienced professional. Internships can help a student develop on the job skills and provide students with experience that employers seek in qualified job applicants. Internship opportunities may be available during either full academic semester or during the summer. Some internships are un-paid opportunities, but some opportunities provide compensation. Some academic programs offer credit for internship experiences. Check the Department Contacts page on the left to see CHSS departments that have internship courses or programs for university credit.