Internships and experiential learning can offer many benefits to any college degree. If you are interested in gaining experience in your field and building your resume at the same time, see the tabs below or contact Career Services today!
Steps to Success: The Set Up
- Meet with your Advisor to determine when an internship will fit into your 4 year plan. Spring? Fall? Or Summer?
- Determine, with the help of your advisor, where your internship should be. What suits your plans the best local, domestic, or international opportunities?
- Find out if there is an “Internship Coordinator” for your major and meet with them to finalize your timeline.
- Use 'Jacket Jobs and your personal network to find an internship!
- Talk to your advisors and professors, they have many contacts in your field of interest!
- If you have a company/organization in mind reach out to them and ask about internship opportunities!
- Set up an appointment with the Career Services office to talk about the JIFA grant (makes unpaid internships paid!)
- Register for Internship Credits for the semester you are interning.
Steps to Success: During and After
- Learn as much as you can about the Organization.
- Keep a weekly Journal of your experience (i.e. activities and projects).
- Become familiar with all technology and software used.
- Develop positive professional traits (i.e. punctuality, dependability).
- Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions.
- Understand that some general office work is part of the job.
- Ask for more responsibility. Actively look for things to do. This initiative will prepare you for better positions in the future.
- NETWORK! Build bridges with people who are doing what you think you would like to di in the future. They may be able to help you in your current position or lead to contacts for future opportunities.
- In many cases internships can lead to job offers.
Career Services is pleased to offer the 'Jacket Internship Financial Assistance (JIFA) Program to you. If you qualify and are completing an unpaid internship, related to your major, in our community, this funding may provide you up to $1350.00 in an hourly wage during your internship. To find out if you are eligible fill out the JIFA Form!
'Jacket Internship Financial Assistance (JIFA) FAQs
'Jacket Internship Financial Assistance (JIFA)
That’s okay, but because internships fall under the umbrella of student employment we will need to make sure that they do not exceed 25 hours per week between their on-campus job and off-campus internship combined.
No! Career Services and your advisor can help you with this process.
Unfortunately, on-campus internships are not eligible (however, if they are interning for an outside employer who happens to be on campus they would qualify)
- Apply at uwsuper.edu/career
- Receive application confirmation email from Career Services (this can take up to 2 weeks)
- If eligible, Career Services will prompt you to make an appointment
JIFA provides funding for eligible students who are interested in an internship opportunity.
- If eligible, they will get paid for an otherwise unpaid internship
- Builds connections with employers
- Experiential learning experience
- $10 per hour
- Students can get paid up to 135 hours
- Enrolled as a degree-seeking junior or senior in good academic standing
- Registered for internship credit during the term of your internship
- Have a FAFSA on file and demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid Office
Benefits of an Internship
- Help you learn about a career field from the inside
- Help you decide if this is the right career field for you
- Enable you to work alongside a professional in your chosen career area
- Give you confidence in your knowledge, skills, and abilities
- Let you apply some of the ideas you've learned in school
- Give you the opportunity to practice your communication and teamwork skills
- Allow you to meet new people and practice your networking skills
- Provide evidence that you have initiative, are reliable and have a sense of responsibility
- Provide a bridge between school and the professional world
- Make a valuable addition to your resume
- Enhance your application to Graduate School
- Open the door to a job offer or a recommendation