Internships

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Internships

On average, college graduates who have an internship on their resumes are 12% more likely to be hired and earn $7,000 more than graduates who did not.

– CBS News

What is an internship?

An internship gives you a unique, on-the-job perspective of the career path you have chosen and helps connect classroom knowledge to a real work environment.  Internships can be paid, unpaid, for academic credit or not.

What are the benefits?

  • Gain workplace experience in your field
  • See how classroom education translates into the real work world
  • Test-drive your career before you graduate
  • Network with professionals in your field
  • Connect with mentors and build references

Types of Internships

Internships for Academic Credit

Credit internships are supervised by appointed faculty members and certain criteria must be met to receive credit. A list of departments offering Academic Credit is available on Career Services myKC portal page or can be found in the Course Catalogue.

Non-Credit Internships

A non-credit internship is an excellent way to build your skills and experience in your field of study. Non-credit internships can be paid, unpaid or informational. The Career Services can assist you in researching and obtaining a non-credit Internship.

 

How do I get started in my internship search? 

Basics to get started

  • At least 12 credit hours or accepted into your major/program
  • 2.5 GPA or higher is advisable
  • Below are some questions to ask yourself:
    • What do I want to get out of an Internship?
    • Which types of organizations do I want to pursue?
    • Do I want to stay local or willing to travel?
  • Write your Résumé
  • Develop your Elevator Speech

 

Additional resources for your internship search