What is an internship?

An internship is a temporary position for the student or recent graduate with an emphasis on providing intentional learning objectives tied to the student’s career goals or field of study. A majority of internships take place in the summer but many are available throughout the year. Internship programs can be found at private corporations, government offices, and nonprofit organizations. They can be paid or unpaid positions and sometimes include academic credit for the student.

How do students benefit from an internship?

Internships are very important in a student’s career development. Through these assignments,
students can:

  • Determine if this is an appropriate career path.
  • Find out how to prepare for a career in a specific field.
  • Develop a network of professional contacts for future opportunities and references.
  • Learn about the workplace skills to develop in order to build a strong resume.
  • Find out what to expect when transitioning into a full-time job.

Where do I find an internship?

Fast Fact: 50% of internships are unpaid.

Making the Most of your Internship


  • The Career Center, Florida State University, “ Making the Most of Your Internship.”
  • Richardson, Christina, “ Make the Most of Your Internship ,” Wetfeet.
  • Berkeley University of California, “Making the Most of Your Internship Experience.”
  • Dr. Randall Hansen, Quintessential Careers “Making the Most of Your Internship(s)”