Graduate Students & Internships

The Learning Edge
Career Center Internship Resources
Internship Programs

The Learning Edge

Internships can play a crucial role in graduate student professional development. They provide valuable experience for graduate students, and can be beneficial in multiple ways. An internship offers an opportunity to gain relevant experience, and to get a realistic perspective on what it is like to work within a given field. If you decide to seek employment in your internship area, employers know you are making an informed choice, rather than a last-ditch, "anything other than academia" leap.

Not only are internships valuable in terms of skill development, another key advantage is that you can gain an insider perspective of the profession. This kind of exposure to the field can make the difference between being regarded as a viable candidate, as opposed to an enthusiastic, yet relatively uninformed applicant.

Employers place a high value on relevant skills and work experience. The 2012 Student Survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that graduates who completed paid internships were more likely to receive job offers than those without internship experience.

Career Center Internship Resources

Internship Programs

The following list contains just a few organizations that offer internships for graduate students.

Remember that many companies offer internship programs. Visit the websites of organizations that interest you to search for internship and summer job programs for graduate students.

 

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