Internships are the combination of classroom and on-the-job work experience. Not all majors require an internship for graduation, but internships are a great way to stand out to potential employers and to start building a professional network. Depending on your major, you can earn up to twelve credits with departmental permission. Current students should stop by the CDC or schedule an appointment with a career counselor to learn about the internship process.
What are the benefits?
Students get to blend their acquired classroom theory with unique practical experinces. They gather an understanding for the professional work world. They solidify invaluable network contacts. They gain specific experience to be incorporated into a resume and an interview. Finally, students may be able to request a letter of recomendation from their internship placement site. This will strongly suppor their application for future fulltime employment.
How do internships work?
There will be a minimum number of hours that need to be completed according to the number of credits registered. The student, on-site supervisor, and the career counselor assigned to your internship establish measurable learning goals that internship students must in order to receive academic credit. The coordinator uses a mid-term status report, a performance evaluation, and a reflection paper to determine if students are successfully combining the theory of the classroom with the site.
Resources for Finding an Internship
Talk to your family and friends. Ask them to help you come up with the top 10 organizations in your area. Research indicates that 60 - 80% of jobs are found through personal relationships.
Access the list of established internship sites for your major (hard copies are available outside the Internship Program’s Office; Main 209.
Activate your free profile and review established internships listed within HandShake (Mercyhurst’s on-line career management system)
Find networking connections using LinkedIn; search for people who work for organizations or in industries you want to work. Find Mercyhurst alumni to reach out to.
Talk to your faculty. They know where our alumni are and they also have many professional contacts they could call upon on your behalf.