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Internship Quick Facts

Internships benefit students and employers. Students benefit by gaining valuable work experience and forming professional connections; employers benefit by having an opportunity to guide and evaluate talent that may serve their future employment needs.


  • Involve temporary work status (typically a semester)
  • May be paid or unpaid
  • Primarily benefit student learning with some employer benefit
  • Help students learn and develop new skills and knowledge through completion of projects
  • Create a talent pipeline for the employer as interns assist with projects
  • Allow employers to mentor, guide, educate, supervise
  • Benefit the student the most

Internships must…

  • Provide a learning experience that allows the student to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom to a work setting
  • Result in skills or knowledge that are transferable to other employment settings
  • Have a defined beginning and end as well as a position description with desired qualifications
  • Offer clearly defined learning objectives/goals that relate to the student’s coursework
  • Provide guidance and supervision by an appropriate, qualified employee who will assign careerrelated, progressive and challenging duties
  • Include routine feedback by the supervisor
  • Involve employer-provided resources, equipment and facilities that support learning goals/objectives
  • Be conducted at an acceptable professional location
  • Focus on the student; the intern must not be assigned the work an employee would otherwise routinely perform

For more information

Contact the Career and Job Placement Center.