What is an internship? Why should you do an internship?
An internship is an arrangement with an organization or business to have a “real world” experience in the work force. Basically you perform a wide variety of tasks of increasing responsibilities and try and learn what the particular industry or organization’s daily activities are AND you connect this to your learning. This experience can help you determine if a particular career path is a good match, help you decide on a major, or to assist you in deciding if the major you have is what you really want to pursue. The experience also gives you an opportunity to learn how to integrate yourself into a team, learn new skills or practice learned skills, improve communication and organizational skills and learn more about yourself. Internships are also a major recruiting tool for most organizations Opportunities are only limited by a student’s ability to dream and plan ahead.
How do you find an internship?
- Network with faculty, staff, family and friends.
- Check the resources located in the Office of Career Services.
- Set up an appointment with Internship Coordinator JJ Sadler to learn about past internships that IC student have completed and for personal assistance with setting up a new internship.
- Utilize online resources such as Internships.com, CareerShift and College Central.
- Ask about the IC Explorer Internship Program or the Illinois College Environmental Issues Internship Program. Application information will be available each fall in the Career Services office.
- Check Career Fair listings with websites that include employers of entry-level graduates. Often, employers have internships available.
- Google different phrases such as" [Your Field of Interest] internships / volunteer opportuniites / undergraduate research "
- Stop by the Office of Career Services located in Baxter Hall for more help.
Will you get paid?
Some internships are paid, others are not. It largely depends upon the field or industry. Students often participate in unpaid internships while earning college credit. Career services and faculty advisors can help ensure your particular needs are met. For assistance funding your internship, review the funding opportunities tab on the left.
Will you earn academic credit?
Most students do receive academic credit for their internship. Consult with your faculty advisor to provide more information about whether a specific internship could receive academic credit. An Internship Learning Contract indicating an internship is "for credit," found below, must be completed by the established dates found below. It is not necessary for you receive academic credit. Please complete the Internship Learning Contract that is "not for credit" to register your experience with our office.
Are there registration deadlines?
YES! There are very important internship registration deadlines. No retroactive credit will be awarded. Internship Registration Packets are due to Career Services and the Registrar's Office no later than 4:30 p.m.
What will it cost you?
You can take up to 20 credit hours for the same tuition fees in the Fall in Spring semesters for the current academic year. Example: if you were signed up for 17 credits, taking a 3 credit hour internship would cost you nothing extra. If it is summer and you would like the internship to appear on your transcripts as a summer internship, the cost is around $100/credit hour or $400 for a 4-credit hour internship. The June 1 deadline is in effect no matter when you seek credit for a summer internship.
Do students ever receive job offers from their internships?
Quite often. Internships are a major recruiting tool for most organizations. Opportunities are only limited by a student’s ability to dream and plan ahead.
What are the off campus semester-long internships at The Washington Center and Chicago Center?
The Washington Center will place you for a full semester or summer in Washington D.C. in a government, for-profit, or not-for-profit organization in addition to providing housing and academic credit for internship and their seminar program. More information is available in the Office of Career Services (217.245.3040) or online at www.twc.edu
The Chicago Center will place you for a full semester, summer, or a short May term in the city of Chicago for an internship, with housing and academic credit. More information is available in the Office of Career Services (217.245.3040) or online at www.chicagocenter.org
These off-campus programs are comparable to study abroad, both with respect to the application process and financial implications. The Illinois College internal application due date is December 1 for a semester off-campus during the following academic year. For more information visit abroad.ic.edu
or contact Almut Spalding, Director of Global Programming. No financial aid is available for summer programs.