Get Experience & Internships

Experience and Internships

Experiential work-based learning, such as internships, complements academic preparation so that students can become more confident and competitive for full-time jobs, graduate school, and other post-graduation goals. According to the NACE 2015 Job Outlook survey, 72.5% of employers prefer to hire applicants with related experience which can come from a variety of opportunities! Plus, 60% of those employers prefer that experience to be gained from internships.

What Counts As Experience?

Career-related work or service opportunities that offer professional supervision and training for an occupation and/or industry. This experience helps to clarify career interests, provides necessary occupation-specific skills, and expands your  professional network. The type of experience you pursue should relate to your interests and career goals, and generally students gain valuable experience through:

  • Both paid & unpaid internships
  • Research projects or faculty-led creative activities
  • Volunteer programs
  • Study abroad & intern/volunteer involvement
  • Leadership positions & active roles in student orgs
  • Field and lab opportunities
  • Fellowships in nonprofit, government, or academia
  • Leadership training and rotational programs for recent college graduates

Next Steps

  1. Explore the top ways to Gain Experience & Find Opportunities section for options that will build your resume for all majors & careers
  2. Use strategies and opportunities related to your interests within the following areas:
  3. Access tools to prepare, apply, interview and be a successful intern! Career also offers the Internship Toolkit which can be used by students and employers independently to record and streamline employer expectations and student intern participation.
  4. Consider applying to the annual Internship Scholarship Program