what is an internship?

  • any practical experience related to your career goals.
  • opportunity to build your knowledge and skills, exposure to opportunities, and connections to professionals in your field.
  • can be paid or unpaid.

search for an internship

timing of your search: 

  • start your search in september if you want to be part of a formal intern program at a large company. many large corporations try to hire all of their summer interns before thanksgiving.
  • government agencies tend recruit interns late in the fall semester or near the beginning of the calendar year.
  • small organizations or non-profits often begin seeking summer interns in february or later.

tools for your search:

  • use job sites like handshake to find posted opportunities for illinois students.
  • participate in career fairs or other on-campus recruiting activities.
  • search individual company websites, internship databases, or general search engines to uncover internships that interest you. 


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earning academic credit for an internship

  • in order to receive academic credit for an internship, students must ask their department/ academic advisor whether they have an internship course that provides the opportunity to earn credit in association with the internship.
  • credit is earned by integrating the internship experience with academic work through the internship course.

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