What is an Internship?

An internship provides practical work experience, and helps you connect your classroom learning to the world outside MSU. Many undergraduate research experiences are internships under a different name. The important element that distinguishes an internship from a short-term job or community service is the intentional “learning plan” that you and your internship supervisor bring to the experience.

Internships can take place in any work or service setting. They may be part of an educational program and evaluated for academic credit, or no credit may be granted. They may be paid; some internships are unpaid.

Why Internships?

  • Learn skills and gain experience not available to you in a classroom setting.
  • Connect your college experience with the professional work world.
  • Expand your professional and personal network.
  • Increase your chances of getting hired for a competitive full-time job.
  • Get to know work-place atmospheres and the differences between employers.

Looking for Internships?

  • Draft a resume and cover letter. Attend a resume workshop if you need assistance.
  • Check Handshake listings for internships and part-time jobs.
  • Network with hiring companies at career fairs and information sessions.
  • Consult with your academic advisor regarding internship options.