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Internship Information
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?
  1. Network with faculty, staff, family and friends.
  2. Check the resources located in the Office of Career Services. 
  3. Set up an appointment with Internship Coordinator JJ Sadler to learn about past internships that IC students have completed and for personal assistance setting up a new internship.  
  4. Utilize online resources such as Internships.comCareerShift, and College Central.
  5. 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.
  6. Check Career Fair Listings with websites that include employers of entry-level graduates. Often, employers have internships available.
  7. Google different phrases such as "[Your field] internships," "[Your field] volunteer opportunities," and "[Your field] undergraduate research."
  8. 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.

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. on the following dates:
:: Spring semester 2014 - January 27, 2014 Deadline
The registrar policy dictates the deadline for this date that equates to the 10th day of class.
:: Summer semester 2014 - June 1, 2014 Deadline
This is the deadline even if the arrangement is to complete the the internship
          work in the summer, and the academic requirement completed in the fall. Therefore,
whether the credit appears in the fall or the summer the deadline is June 1st.
:: Fall semester 2014 -  September 15, 2014 Deadline
The registrar policy dictates the deadline for this date that equates to the 10th day of class.
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 $850/credit hour or $3,400 for a 4 credit hour internship. However, if you wish to do a summer internship without extra cost, you can defer the credit to the fall. You must do the academic work during the fall semester and add the internship course to your fall course schedule. You will need to make sure this does not take you over the full-time tuition limit of 20 credits. 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
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

Both of these programs have your financial aid coverage similar to a semester at Illinois College during the academic year and you may apply for a travel scholarship for any additional costs such as housing in Washington D.C. versus Jacksonville. Dr. Almut Spalding, Director of Study Abroad and Off-Campus Study, is the official liaison for Illinois College and all students must apply to both programs through her office. Students applying to these programs for an academic semester must meet all study abroad application deadlines - December 10 for the following academic year. No financial aid is available for summer programs.
Registering for an Internship
Internship Learning Contract Form for credit seeking interns
Making the Most of Your Internship
Making the Most of Your Internship
Internship Sites Fall 2010 - Present*
8 Points Charter School
A. Gaudio & Sons
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Advocacy Network for Children
Alabama Marine Police
Anytime Fitness
Archer Daniels Midland
Arizona Wildfire Baseball
Associated Counseling
Astoria Park District
Athletic Therapy Center
ATI Physical Therapy
Bank of Springfield
Beardstown CUSD #15
Beardstown Little League Association
Beardstown Sanitary District
Bishop Hill Arts Council
Calvary Baptist Church
Capital Development Board - Art in Architecture
Carriage House Crossfit
Center for Innovative Learning
Center Street Productions
CGB Diversified Services
City of Highland Parks and Recreation
City of Jacksonville - Water and Sewer Department
Clayville Historic Site
Clifton Larson Allen LLP
College Avenue Dental
Congolese Community ELL
Congressmen Aaron Schock's Office
Conley Farms & Livestock
Council of State Government: Justice Center
Crisis Center Foundation
Crop Production Services
Crossfit XLT
Darr's Landscaping-N-Lawn Care
Davis Law Office, LLC
Decatur Indoor Sports Center
Decatur Memorial Hospital Sports Enhancement Center
Denny's Sporting Goods/Illinois Fitness Factory
DOT Foods, Inc
Downers Grove Park District
Dr. Zeller's Veterinary Clinic
Dupage County Department of Economic Development and planning
Eisenhower Elementary School
Enterprise Rent-a-Car
Epic PR Group
First Christian Church
First Presbyterian Church
Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
Forman Law Office
Fromm Huff Farm
George Washington's Mt. Vernon
Governor Duncan Mansion
Green Source Partners
Greene Gables Inn
Greenville Regional Hospital - Apex Network PT
Gulf Coast Marine Lab, University of Mississippi
H. D. Smith
Helen A. Dean Community Garden
Henson Robinson Zoo
Heritage FS Inc.
Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Hospital Veterinaria Galarza
Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership/Chaddock
Illinois College
Illinois College Archives
Illinois College Athletics
Illinois College Baseball
Illinois College Basketball
Illinois College Campus Writing Center
Illinois College Center for Academic Excellence
Illinois College Dean of Students Office
Illinois College Department of Information Technology
Illinois College Biology Department
Illinois College Football
Illinois College IC Connections
Illinois College Leadership Program
Illinois College Mail Services
Illinois College Men's Basketball Program
Illinois College Office of Business Affairs
Illinois College Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
Illinois College Office of Enrollment Management
Illinois College Office of Institutional Research
Illinois College Office of Sports Information
Illinois College Office of the Registrar
Illinois College Orchid Recovery Program
Illinois College Peer Health Educators
Illinois College Residential Life
Illinois College Study Abroad and BreakAway Office
Illinois College Schewe Library
Illinois College Student Activities Board
Illinois College TheatreWorks
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Illinois Manufacturers' Association
Illinois River National Wildlife Refuge
Illinois State Military Museum
Illinois State Museum
Illinois State Museum Research and Collection Center
Illinois State Police
Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission
Imagine Arts Foundation
Industrial Supply Consultants
Inner City Mission
Iroquois Memorial Hospital
Jacksonville Area Center for Independent Living
Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce
Jacksonville Area Council for Independent Living
Jacksonville Assembly of God
Jacksonville Convention and Visitor's Bureau
Jacksonville Journal Courier
Jacksonville Main Street
Jacksonville Police Department
Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Commission
Jacksonville Savings Bank
Jacksonville School District #117
Jefferson Jets Tutoring
Jewish Child and Family Services
Joyner Therapy Services
Kane Co. Forest Preserve / The Peregrine Fund
Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP
Korean War National Museum
L&M Gymnastics & Kids
Law and Civics Institute for Reading and Writing
Lincoln Land Animal Clinic
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
Lulu's at Homeport Marina
Markarian Orthodontics
Michliy Agricenter Inc.
Mid-Rivers Equine Center
Monsanto Seed Company
Morgan County Sheriff's Office
National Key Deer Refuge
Nestlé USA
Noll Law Office
Normal CornBelters
Norman Backues and Associates, Inc.
Northwestern Mutual
Novus International, Inc.
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Office of US Representative Jared Polis
Orthopedic and Sports Enhancement Center
Orthopedic Center of Illinois
OSF Holy Family Medical Center
Our Redeemer Day Care
Our Saviours Grade School
Passavant Hospital
Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute
Pekin Hospital Rehab Services
Pekin Insurance
Peoria Zoo
Phillips and Associates, CPA, P.C.
Plainfield Police Department
Potter Park Zoo
Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault
Prairie State Bank and Trust
Quincy Area Mission Cluster
Rammelkamp Bradney Law Firm
Ramsey Daycare Learning Center
Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer's Office
River City Rascals
Rosie Warner Photography
Salem Township Hospital
Salvation Army
Simmons Cancer Institute of SIU School of Medicine
SIU School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
South County YMCA
South Jacksonville Police Department
Speech & Communication Center
Springfield Gutters, Inc
Springfield Metro Sanitary District
Springfield Police Department
St. Joseph's Hospital
Starhill Forest Arboretum
The Conservator's Center
The Oaks Golf Course, Inc.
The Source
Therkildsen Field Station
Tom Finch Automotive
Triple Threat Training
Twin Peaks Construction
University Of Illinois Extension
USDA Risk Management Agency
Office of Congressman Trent Franks
Webster Family
Western Illinois Youth Camp
WestFair Christian Academy
Whitetail Properties
WICS Springfield
Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue
Woodlawn Farm/Morgan County Underground Railroad Committee
Zumbahlen, Eyth, Surratt, Foote, & Flynn
*This is an abridged list from self-reports from students conducting an internship at that time.

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