An internship is a work experience, usually in the summer, related to a student’s major or area of interest. In most cases a student will complete a summer program with a given employer. Local industry partners visit campus each spring to talk with students about summer work opportunities.

Throughout your internship, you can learn how to create a development plan with specific milestones to monitor targeted deadlines, work as an active and contributing member of a team, and troubleshoot potential obstacles and barriers that could delay project completion.

Internships are not only a good way to gain some experience in your field and see a snapshot of the industry; they also improve your chances of getting hired following graduation. In fact, you can consider your internship a 10-week “working interview,” where employers get a chance to observe you in action.

Internships are your chance to shine!