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Student intern

What is an internship?

An academic internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theories learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. Students earn academic credit and are evaluated according to a job description that is incorporated into a course.

Internships are overseen by a faculty member and by a designated employee of the host organization. Academic learning objectives are integral to the internship, distinguishing them from volunteer positions or jobs.

Find out more about your internship options by clicking on your department's link below. 


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Why should I do an internship?

Internships are a critical part of your educational experience and provide the following benefits:

  • Gain work experience to help you build your skills and resume
  • Apply your classroom education to the work world
  • Develop a professional network of contacts and mentors
  • Define and help focus your career interest
  • Possible employment after internship

School of Public Affairs Internship Process and Guidelines