Definition of Internship- A form of experiential (hands-on) learning that integrates classroom learning with practical, real-world application in a professional setting.
Some majors at CBU require you to have an internship experience as part of your degree guide. Whether you are in one of those majors or not, we encourage you to look into internships and obtain one before graduating. Internships are one of the milestones that employers are looking at as something that separates good candidates from great ones!
What is the difference between an internship and a job?
A job is always paid, generally has more longevity, and you are expected to be able to fulfill the job duties and requirements with or without supervision. An internship (specifically for credit) has a defined beginning and end. It is an extension of classroom learning where you are gaining experience that is directly related to your field of study. In addition you must have an onsite supervisor who is a professional in the field and you must complete the required number of hours.
Why should I do an internship?
- It is an opportunity to not only gain experience in your career field, but also to test drive it and narrow down even more what you would like to do with your degree.
- It is an excellent resume booster. With so many people obtaining Bachelors and even Masters degrees these days, experience is what will set you apart!
- Networking! Networking is invaluable, and having a large network is one of the biggest advantages you can have when seeking out a job.
When should I do my internship?
After you have completed your sophomore year, and any time after that. However, if you have an opportunity for an experience prior to your junior year this does not mean that you should ignore it; but you may not be able to receive credit for it. The more experience the better!
How do I find an internship?
- Plan ahead and begin your research early. This is your opportunity to dream big, do not limit yourself. Think not only about what you would like to do, but companies for whom you would be interested in working.
- Utilize your resources and connections; tell your friends and family that you are looking for an internship. Use the internet! Research the type of internship you want, go onto job search engines and also the HR pages of the employers you have been researching.
- Use the Career Center resources both online and in person, by making an appointment and attending an internship career fair. Click here to see the next upcoming fair.
Can my internship be paid?
Yes, internships (for credit or volunteer) may be paid or unpaid, although with some organizations there are limitations.
How many hours do I need to complete?
This varies slightly, but typically it is 40 hours per unit (120 hours for a 3 unit class).
How do I get academic credit for my internship?
There is an internship for credit enrollment application process that you must complete. You must complete the internship registration packet in order to count the internship for class. Ask your Faculty Advisors for more information!