Internships

From how to prepare and apply to how to earn academic credit, everything you need to know to land the perfect internship.

A Smart Strategy

Studies have shown that students who have internship experience are offered a starting salary that is, on average, 17 percent higher than students without experience.

What is an Internship?

An internship must offer meaningful exposure to a professional, college-level career field. It should relate to one's field/major of interest and typically lasts one semester.

Internships can be...
• Paid or Unpaid
• For Academic Credit or Not-for-credit
• Part-Time (approx. 12-15hrs/wk) or full-time

Why Should I Do An Internship?

Students are encouraged to participate in 2 internships during college, at least one by the end of their junior year.

According to the 2014 Internship & Co-op Survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 64.8% of interns were offered full-time positions by their employer.

Here are some other benefits of having an internship:
Personal      
• Boost your maturity and self-confidence    
• Enjoy a greater clarity about career decisions    
• Improve your human relations skills    
• Prepare for life after graduation    
• Integrate your faith and values with work

Academic
• Connect classroom learning to practical applications
• Understand the relevance of your course work
• Increase your motivation to learn
• Use resources that are not available on campus

Professional      
• Explore career fields and find out what you like and don't like to do
• Gain relevant real-world experience to enhance your resume
• Observe professional people and behavior
• Develop networking skills and gain professional contacts in your career field of interest
• Be more competitive in your full-time job search and/or graduate school applications

Financial      
• Approximately 50% of all interns receive some form of compensation
• Subsidize tuition costs or use for transportation expenses

Still Not Convinced?

Read testimonials from previous students whom interned with:
• Society of St. Andrew
• Orange County Environmental Protection Division
• Lehigh Valley Health Network. 
Read more 

Learn about Rollins students' recent pre-med observership experiences in January and Spring Break of 2014. Read more

Center for Career and Life Planning
Rollins College
170 W. Fairbanks Bldg. – 1st Floor
1000 Holt Avenue – 2757
Winter Park, Florida  32789
T. 407.646.2195
careercenter@rollins.edu

Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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