Internships enhance your classroom learning by putting your knowledge into practice as you contribute to the operations of an organization. By interning you will build professional skills, gain career-related experience, explore your interests, network, and can even receive academic credit or earn money. Your LEEP Center Adviser can help you identify avenues to explore in seeking internship opportunities.
How to get started
The first thing you’ll want to do is to meet with your LEEP Center Adviser, who will guide you in searching for an internship that fits your interests and help you discover local, national, and global internship opportunities.
For pay and for credit
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.
Internship for Academic Credit
The Internship for Academic Credit program combines the best of both worlds: practical work experience and credit that count toward your academic requirements for graduation.
An academic internship is a credit-bearing, career-related work experience in which a student takes on a responsible role outside of the traditional university environment, such as in a non-profit organization, government office, or for-profit business. Students receive mentoring and supervision by a professional in the field, helping them gain skills and explore career interests. Depending on the employer, these internships could be paid experiences.
Who can apply for an academic internship?
Rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Note: Graduate students work directly with their academic departments to obtain credit.
When are academic internships taken?
During the fall, spring, or summer terms.