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The Summer 2020 Academic Internship Program application is now closed.
The Fall 2020 application will be available starting August 14, 2020.

What Is an Academic Internship at Clark?

An academic internship is a credit-bearing, career-related work experience of limited duration in which an individual takes on responsible roles outside of the traditional university environment. Academic internships may take place in a nonprofit organization, government office, or for-profit business. Depending on the employer, some internships are paid. Internships include mentoring and supervision by a professional in the field; this valuable form of training allows students to explore their career interests.

Rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors may earn academic credit for internships during the fall, spring, or summer terms.

Overview of the application process: 

  1. Secure your internship.
  2. Find a full-time faculty member to act as your faculty sponsor for your academic internship. You and your faculty sponsor will plan the academic portion of your academic internship.
  3. Apply to the  Academic Internship Program through the button below. Allow one week for processing your application (international students: allow 10 days).
  4. Once you are approved, you will receive instructions for how to register your academic internship with the Office of the Registrar.

Additional Steps for international students needing CPT

  1. Once you receive approval from the Career Connections Center for your academic internship, apply through the ISSO Portal to receive CPT from ISSO. Please note: do this as soon as you receive your academic internship approval, to allow enough time to process your application.
  2. Wait to receive your I-20 before starting your internship. The ISSO cannot backdate CPT applications. You are not legally allowed to work in the United States until you’ve received your I-20 with CPT work authorization.

Deadlines: Please note that the Academic Internship Program follows the add/drop deadline from the Registrar’s Office. We strongly encourage undergraduate students to submit their Academic Internship Program applications one week or more prior to the add/drop deadline. Applications submitted after the Registrar’s Office add/drop deadline are subject to a late fee. Go to Clark’s academic calendar. 

Graduate students: Graduate students, including graduating seniors in the summer of the ADP program, do not use this application process; instead, they work with their academic departments to obtain credit.

International Students: The Academic Internship Program is available to undergraduate Clark students in good academic standing regardless of citizenship or immigration status. If you need CPT, please see the instructions above. For further questions about CPT, please contact ISSO. 

The Summer 2020 Academic Internship Program application is now closed. The Fall 2020 application will be available starting in mid-August.

please note:

Current students: Please discuss with your internship site supervisor whether you can complete your internship remotely. If not, please make a virtual appointment with Michelle Flint to discuss your options.

Biology


Computer Science


Media, Culture, and the Arts; Marketing


Economics

 


English


Environmental Science


Geography


History


International Development and Social Change


Management


Math/Physics


Political Science


Psychology


Sociology


Spanish


Visual and Performing Arts (Studio Art, Art History, Theatre Arts, Screen Studies)


Women’s and Gender Studies

“This internship has enabled me to engage with the field I want to pursue in a way that would not have been possible otherwise. It has highlighted the importance of working both in and out of the classroom. I honestly cannot emphasize enough the value that doing an internship has added to my college experience!”

– Kasyan Green

 

How did you first find out about your internship, and how did you secure this opportunity?

 I first found out about this internship opportunity via Indeed.com. Then, I recognized that my friend and Clark alum, John Pisacreta, works for the company. After talking to him and discovering that he also did an Accounting Internship for them, I figured it would be a good internship to apply for. I used his name as a reference and heard back from them soon after. The next steps were a phone screening interview and an on-site interview. A couple weeks later, I received a call asking if I would like to accept the position.

– Kyle Coughlin

 

How did your internship experience affect your perception of the industry or role, and how did it inform your future career goals/plans? Did it confirm what you want to do next? Did you decide to move in a different direction?

“This internship made me realize how much I love working in a startup. Even as hectic as it can get, everything is new and exciting and we have to be as flexible and supportive as we can when things don’t go exactly how we want it to be. Also, from this internship I’ve realized that I might want to pursue being a program manager.”

Nadia Fakhrol

 “Some of the highlights of my internship has been in the second week where I led a workshop on critical media literacy and one of my campers built a poster of inclusion and how they would want to see the world. Having been able to convey the biases of the media and how it affects people of color and seeing that reciprocated has been one of the best moments. Being able to engage all these campers from different cultures and backgrounds into such conversation has been a strength that I have developed.”

– Anisha Hassan


Has your academic component changed at all? If so, how?
I started the internship thinking I would research on if these resilience building programs work or not, however my paper has evolved to cultural competency, and how that is essential to working in a multicultural environment such as camp.”

– Anisha Hassan

Was the student’s academic preparation adequate for the internship? Is there anything Clark University can do to ensure a better learning outcome and experience for future academic interns?


“Our intern has a strong understanding of creative writing, grammar, and communications which I am assuming is reflective of her education at Clark University. In addition to her academics, she also has amazing soft skills which will make her a great future employee for a lucky employer.”

– Pulse Magazine

 

“Our interns’ academic preparation was great for the internship. We look forward to working with future Clark University students and offering them internship opportunities at the Center.”

– Worcester Youth Center

 

“Our intern has set the bar very high for our next intern. Kudos to Clark for helping prepare her. Her academic preparation was exceptional.”

– Center for Health Impact

Contact Information

Career Connections Center

Office Location
  • Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center (ASEC Building)
    939 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610
  • 1-508-793-7258
  • 1-508-793-7189 Fax
Career Lab Hours
  • The Career Lab offers on-demand reviews of resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles 12 – 4 pm weekdays. Upload your documents, or make an appointment for the Career Lab on Handshake!