Prepare for your Future Career
Through internships, you are able to explore potential career paths and specialties, build career-ready professional competencies and transferable skills, and apply classroom theories and principles in real-world situations—all while gaining vital, high-impact experience in your desired career field.
Internships also allow you to build and expand your professional network by connecting with and working alongside professionals in the field. Regardless of a chosen major or intended career field, internships can play a pivotal role in a student’s career development and future job search success.
An internship may be:
- for academic credit or not-for-credit.
- paid or unpaid.
- completed in local, regional and national businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
- part-time during the school year and can be full-time in the summer.
- a short-term, project-based assignment.
Benefits of Internships
- Explore and learn about career fields from the inside
- Acts as a bridge between school and the professional world
- Practice communication and teamwork skills
- Meet new people and practice networking skills
- Provides evidence of initiative, reliability and responsibility
- A valuable addition to your resume
- Enhances graduate school applications
- Opens the door to a potential future job offer or recommendation
Types of Internships and Next Steps
When to Apply for Internships
Internships can be posted at any time throughout the year. However, it’s common for employers to post internship opportunities that will start the following semester so it’s good to plan ahead and start searching for an internship early.
|If you want to start your internship in …||Then you should start your search in …|
|Fall Semester (September-December)||Spring|
|Spring Semester (January/February-May)||Fall|
|Summer (May-August)||Fall or Spring|
We’re here to help!
As part of the Link Center, Career Services can assist students in exploring, searching for and making the most of their internship experience and has numerous resources for students to use throughout the process.
Make the Most of Your Internship Experience
- Learn as much as you can about the organization and the profession.
- Keep a weekly journal of your experiences (i.e. activities and projects).
- Become familiar with all technology and software used.
- Concentrate on developing professional skills and traits (i.e. teamwork, punctuality, dependability).
- Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions – soak in all the information you can.
- Understand that some general office work is most likely part of the job (as it is with every job).
- Work diligently and stay on track with deadlines.
- Actively look for things to do and ask for more projects and responsibilities. Taking initiative will prepare you for better opportunities and higher-level positions in the future.
- NETWORK! Build bridges with professionals in your future career field. They may be able to help you in your current position or lead to connections for future opportunities.
- In many cases, internships can lead to job offers. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) in 2021, 66.4% of interns convert into professional hires.
Build your internship program with UW-Superior
Partner with UW-Superior to build your organization’s internship program to recruit and develop career-ready students while expanding your talent pipeline. Visit our employer resources page for more information.