"Working with the African American Museum of Iowa gave me an opportunity to explore history in a way I never had before. More than work experience, my internship gave me the chance to culture gave me the chance to cultivate a museum-visitor's interest into a passion for public history and the physical historical record."
-- Claire Solak '13
What is an internship?
- An internship is an on-the-job learning experience that connects academic preparation with the world of work. Under the supervision of a professional supervisor and sponsored by a faculty member if done for credit, internships provide students with paraprofessional work experience and introduce the student to a particular work environment.
- Internships may be full-time or part-time, may take place during the academic year or during the summer, and may or may not be paid. Although many students prefer to do an internship for academic credit and have it appear on their transcript, you may do one simply for the experience if it does not fit into your academic calendar. If you plan to do your internship for credit, please read more here.
Why should I do an internship?
- Employers are looking to hire individuals with experience, and college students can gain great experience by participating in internships. Internships can help you to develop new skills and positive work habits. They can help you to explore your interests and career options. Internships can also be a means to gain future employment contacts. In fact, many companies utilize internship opportunities as a means to staff their future full-time positions.