Internships and Summer Jobs
Employers and grad schools always want candidates with experience. You need experience to learn about work and to earn money! So where do you get experience? From campus involvement, volunteer work, service learning ... but also from summer jobs and internships.
We have compiled resources to help with whatever path you decide is best for you.
So what's the difference between these two options?
During an internship, you will apply your liberal arts skills to gain experience related to your career interests or explore career options under the supervision of an employer. If you register for academic credit, a faculty member will also work with you to reflect on your experience. Internships may be paid or unpaid, and you can earn credit for either one. Many departments have additional requirements; see your adviser for details. A campus-wide internship policy is in the works.
Sometimes summer jobs will be a step towards an internship in the future; sometimes it reminds you what you hope to avoid and why you are in college! If you're not ready for an internship, try for more responsibility in your summer job each year. You can gain supervisory, customer service, organizational or financial skills during your summer job.
Internships by Career Area
- Arts and Humanities
- Communication and Media
- Computer Science, Technology and Math
- Counseling and Education
- Government, Public Policy and D.C.
- Human Services
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Science, Environmental, Health and Medicine
- Sports and Recreation
- Teaching English Overseas
- Volunteer Service Programs