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Today’s employers are hungry for applicants who have proven they can succeed in professional settings. Internship opportunities provide the skills and experience you need to stand out in the field of your choice. They also help you determine what you want to do in the future.

Internships enhance classroom learning by letting you put your knowledge into practice while contributing to the operations of an organization. In addition, your internship experiences will give you skills that are increasingly vital to success in today’s job market: Specialized knowledge of an industry. The ability to learn quickly and adapt to changing circumstances. Proficiency in communicating with colleagues and collaborating to achieve shared goals. A powerful network of professional connections.

At Clark, internships can be paid or taken for academic credit. Your LEEP Center Adviser can help you identify internship opportunities you would be interested in pursuing.

If you think it might be time to find an internship, the first thing you’ll want to do is to meet with your LEEP Center Adviser, who will guide you in searching for an opportunity that fits your interests, be it local, national, or global. We encourage you to start thinking during your sophomore year about how internships might play a role in your academic career.

Though many internships are unpaid, sources of funding are available. Examples include the Barth Internship Award, the Harrington Fellowship, the Lois and Robert Green Internship, and LEEP Project awards. Pay close attention to application deadlines, which may be several months before the start of the internship.

Clark’s Internship for Academic Credit program combines the best of both worlds: practical work experience and credit that counts toward your academic graduation requirements. These experiences are available during the fall, spring, and summer terms, and are open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.*

An academic internship involves a career-related work experience in which a student takes on a responsible role within a professional organization, such as a nonprofit, government office, or for-profit business. Students receive mentoring and supervision from a professional in the field. Depending on the employer, these internships may also be paid experiences.

*Graduate students must work directly with their academic departments to obtain credit for their internships.

In our words

The Work Experience

Christin Rentsman
My most memorable moment during my Amazon internship was when my project finally started functioning on its own. It felt like magic once everything started to work together.
Christian Rentsman
Krithi Vachaspati
I learned that even if I didn’t see the immediate results of the changes the organizations I was working for were making, I was able to see the long-term benefits.
Krithi Vachaspati
Isabelle Zoeckler
During each of my internships, I’ve been able to build my skills. My biggest takeaway from my collective internship experience is to understand how my work fits into a bigger picture.
Isabelle Zoeckler

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