Whether you are applying to graduate school or for a job, there is no substitute for real work experience on your resume. While students often research and coordinate their own intership opportunities, your academic advisor can help point you in the right direction for an amazing variety of intership opportunities ranging from local government agencies and private buisnesses to national entities based in Washington, D.C. Columbia College students are frequently placed in some of the most sought-after interships available.
Local internships may be coordinated in conjunction with your semester class schedule or over the summer. Of course, interships in Washington, D.C., and other locations, often take place over the summer. It's not unusual for Columbia College students to do multiple internships over the course of their college years.
Internships provide students with an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained through their studies to a work setting. During the semester students are required to reflect upon their experience and the personal challenges they face in practicing and redefining their own leadership skills.
For additional information, students should contact their academic advisor. Intership requirements differ by major, so it is important to coordinate closely with your advisor to ensure that you meet the requirments to qualify for credit hours. Career Services in the Center for Engaged Learning also helps match students with internship opportunities, so be sure to check there as well when searching for an internship.
Some of the benefits of an internship experience include:
- Valuable training for new skills
- Opportunities to evaluate a particular job or industry
- Establishment of a network of professionals in your field of interest
- Opportunity to receive academic credit and/or pay
- Potential full-time job offer
For national and international internships online, visit