Plan Your Internship

Find the right time for your internship and decide what type of internship is right for you.

Fit an Internship Into Your Academics

Freshmen are advised not to participate in a full-time internship during their first year. There will be plenty to do to get acquainted with programs, faculty, friends, and campus, not to mention homework!

However, you are a freshman, and you're considering an internship, plan ahead and to talk to an advisor to make internships part of your academic and career goals.

You may want to look for a summer internship or volunteering opportunity between your freshman and sophomore year. Then in your junior or senior year, take the next step to a formal internship, either on your own or in an academic program.

Plan Ahead For Best Results

Plan on starting your preparation a quarter ahead of when you want to do the internship. Want to do a summer internship? Start planning in winter. Note that many private sector internships for fall require you to apply in the spring.

Credit or Not-for-Credit?

A decision to intern for credit or not-for-credit is an important one. Why? Because to get credit you need to pay tuition. This will affect registration and planning, and requires additional. If you get credit, it shows up on your transcript. You can earn a maximum of 48 credits toward your degree through internships.

Typically, we don't recommend internships that cost you money. A not-for-credit internship saves you money and is still a highly valuable experience.

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