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Internships and other experiential learning opportunities are great ways for students to build their skills and resumes. Students can connect with professionals in their fields of interest, as well as prepare for what it is like to work in the real world.
Internships also provide students an opportunity to try out a job and see if it is something they’d like to continue pursuing.
By the time a student graduates, they should have completed one or two internships. These experiences can be on-campus or off-campus, one month or one semester, paid or unpaid. As long as the internship helps a student develop marketable skills, it is worthwhile.
When determining which internship is appropriate for them, students should consider the following questions regarding their career goals:
- What career areas am I interested in?
- What type of organization do I want to work for? (e.g. Non-profit, government, school)
- Which skills do I have, want to gain, and/or want to use?
- Are there specific organizations or companies I’d like to work for?
- Where do I want to be geographically?
The Career Development Office can help find suitable internship opportunities for all students. In addition, here are a few websites to help research internships.
For those majoring in Political Science, please contact Political Science professor Dr. Bracy Bersnak to discuss how you may earn academic credit while doing an internship. Students intern in government, electoral politics, non-profits, and business. The summer internships may include a stipend to cover living expenses. They are an invaluable opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the Washington scene and prepare for a position of influence and responsibility in our nation’s capital.