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.

Internships 101

What is an internship? An internship is a major and/or career-related work experience with a company or organization usually lasting one semester. Internships are different from regular part-time jobs in that an internship must offer, as a primary focus, meaningful exposure to a professional, college-level career field. Students from of all class years (First-year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior) can participate in internship experiences. An internship can be paid or unpaid, for academic credit or not-for-credit. Internships are typically part-time during the academic year (approx. 12-15 hrs/week) and can be part-time or full-time during the summer.

Why should I do an internship? Career & Life Planning recommends that students participate in at least 2 internships while they are at Rollins (at least one before the end of their junior year), so they can

  • Explore career fields and find out what you like and don't like to do
  • Connect classroom learning to practical applications
  • Gain relevant real-world experience to enhance your resume
  • 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

To learn more, make plans to attend the next Internship Planning Workshop! For a complete schedule of dates and times, please visit the Career Calendar or check your email for the weekly CareerQuest E-Newsletter.

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

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

Walk-In Advising
Monday – Friday: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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