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An internship is any carefully monitored work or service experience in which students have intentional learning goals and reflect actively on what they are learning throughout the experience.
Internships can be paid or unpaid and will vary in length. For example, some internships will be one semester while others are ongoing for multiple semesters. Most internships are part-time, around 10-15 hours a week, while some internships, especially those in the summer, are full-time. Students can choose whether or not to pursue academic credit to supplement experience. To earn academic credit, students must work with a faculty member, most often in their major. Students should consult the academic catalog for information specific to their program of study.
According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE), nearly all employers said they prefer to hire job candidates who have work experience. Relevant work experience is preferred by almost 75 percent of employers.
For Parkside students, relevant experience is often gained through internships, among other experiences such as studying abroad, engaging in research, and working in your industry as part of a class project or employment beyond the classroom.
There are a variety of ways that students find internships. Before you do, connect with an advisor to assess what kind of internship is a good fit and how best to prepare for your search. You can also discuss with a faculty member and learn from peers about their experiences and how they connected with them.
Current students can find internships on RangerTrak. Because RangerTrak is powered by Handshake, Parkside students have access to a network of thousands of employers and opportunities, including internships.