Participating in an internship is essentially experiential education at its finest. Not only is this an opportunity to gain real-life skills in your major or an area of interest, but you can also "test-drive" a possible career path, connect with professionals in the field, and try things that aren't necessarily offered at Wilson. Furthermore, according to a recent recruiting survey done by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, 95% of employers ranked students having internship experience as one of their top hiring decisions....that's kind of a big deal!    

But before you jump right in, here are some important things to know about participation:

  • You must be a full time student (12+ credit hours) & have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Be in good academic, work, community engagement, and conduct standing with the College
  • To receive credit for the internship, you must complete a minimum of 80 hours at the site and it must last for at least 6 weeks
  • Also, it's always a good idea to make sure your plans align with Our Mission & Goals.

**Are you an INTERNATIONAL STUDENT? If so, we must have you apply for a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) before you apply for an internship. To begin this process, please set up a meeting with the GEO office.

 

There are various ways you can complete an internship. Additionally, a single internship may fulfill multiple requirements. Click HERE to learn more about each of these categories, courses, and experiences. Below is a brief description of each: 

  • For-Credit Internships - Students can gain anywhere from 2-18 hours of interdisciplinary credit hours within up to two semesters. 
  • Internships as Work - Further explore your field of interests by substituting work hours for an internship off-campus. 
  • Internships for PEG3 Credit - An internship can serve as a means for which to complete the PEG 3 requirement.
  • Micro-Internships - These short-term(10-40hrs), paid professional experiences cannot be counted towards academic credit, but are a great way to improve (and prove!) your skillset with real companies and projects. 
  • Internships Away/Abroad - Combine your internship with your study away/abroad experience! Global Engagement Office's Internships page

Questions?

For any questions, please reach out to Hannah Richardson, Director of Career Engagement, in the Center for Integrated Advising & Careers (CIAC): [email protected]

FAQs

1.) What if the organization doesn't have a internship position already created?

  • Not a problem! As long as the organization is excited and able to hosting an intern, we will work with them to create a position. This takes more work on the front end so begin these conversations early!

2.) Can my part-time summer job be considered an internship?

  • In most cases, yes, as long as your supervisor is on board. They would need to be willing to spend extra time and work with you to reach those throughout your experience.

3.) Can I split my WPO hours between my work crew and internship?

  • Nope. You need to choose one or the other for the duration of the semester. 

4.) Is it a requirement that I fill out the internship paperwork before my internship begins? 

  • Yes! This ensures that you and your supervisor are on the same page about the experience. In addition, this is mandatory if you are seeking academic or work credit. 

5.) I did an internship LAST summer, but didn't tell anyone. Can it count toward my major? 

  • No, internships CANNOT be counted/given credit retroactively. See Hannah for further questions about this. 

1.) CREATE A PLAN:

  • Consider your timing, academic & personal goals, location, & transportation needs
  • Read about the Internships Types & Functions
  • Schedule a meeting with your IAC or Hannah to talk about your needs and goals.
  • Bonus: Watch this video created by the National Society of Leadership & Success 

3.) SEARCH: These are some great sites to get you going!  Ideally, you should be searching internships about 6 months in advance of starting.

4.) PREPARE YOUR APPLICATION:

  • Work on your resume, cover letter, interviewing skills, and/or set up an appointment with the CIAC to review any one of these. The Career Clothes Closet is also available for all of your professional dress needs!

5.) APPLY & ACCEPT/REJECT YOUR OFFER - Once you've made a decision:

  • Inform Hannah of your decision so she can connect with the partnering agency
  • Understand our Covid-19 protocols for on-site internships during the academic year

6.) COMPLETE ALL PAPERWORK & COURSE REGISTRATION:

**We use the Formstack program for the Learning Contract. That said, once you've submitted this form to your supervisor, it can't be edited. To that end, we highly suggest that you use this worksheet to prepare. This is a great way to share your goals with your supervisor and/or academic advisor so as to make changes/edits before the final submission.  

Money & Housing

SCHOLARSHIPS - These are external scholarship opportunities that may pertain to your field. 

SUMMER STIPENDSSummer stipends are prioritized for students accepting low or unpaid internships in the non-profit, governmental sector, or persuing positions connected to green entrepreneurship. Applications are due March 1st and April 1st.  

SUMMER HOUSING - Summer housing is available and free of charge to students engaging in full-time work (40 hours per week) with the college. This includes participating in a college-sponsored (stipended) internship, work on campus, or a combination of the two reaching 40 total hours. In order to be eligible for housing, the internship student must be awarded a summer internship stipend AND contact the Director of Career Engagement with their plans as soon as possible.  Students taking advantage of summer housing will be responsible for completing all paperwork requirements of the internship and stipend program and will be responsible for the cost of meals as applicable. Housing is limited and not guaranteed. It is suggested that you connect with the Director of Career Engagement as soon as possible.