Internships help enhance your learning outside the classroom and give you real-world experience. Internships also help you be competitive in your job search.
In a broad sense, an internship is a semester-long learning opportunity in which students work with professionals and gain hands-on experience in their career field. Internships provide a context for students to transform classroom-based theory into practical, real-world application. While internships are valuable to the organization/employer, the primary focus is on the student’s learning experience. A meaningful internship is designed with specific learning outcomes and involves feedback and personal reflection. It can be a valuable networking tool and allows students to further explore potential careers and industries.
Why do an internship?
- Test a career field to see if a potential career is right for you
- Get experience to add to your resume and complement your studies
- Build your connections – many employers hire from within
- To fulfill academic requirements and/or receive academic credit (optional for most majors)
Internships can be:
- For credit and paid
- For credit and unpaid
- Noncredit and paid
- Noncredit and unpaid (comparable to volunteering)
Finding an Internship
- Meet with a career coach in the Amica Center. They can help you explore internship opportunities, develop your resume and cover letter, practice interviewing, and more. The Amica Center offers appointments and daily drop-in hours.
- Search in Bryant Career Connection (BCC). You can find BCC in the Quick Launch menu in the My Bryant portal.
- Attend Career and Internship Fairs, and other networking events on campus
Use the Internship Search Resources below:
Best practice resources:
Internship Search Resources:
- Bryant Career Connection (BCC)
- jobsinri.com (search engine)
- Glassdoor for Students (internships, entry-level jobs, company ratings, salaries, interview tips, and more)
- USAJobs (Internships with the federal government)
- Inroads.org (internship assistance for students of color)
- A-Z links to job search sites specific to your career interest
Eligible students may receive academic credit for internships that have been approved by the appropriate Academic Department Chair. Students can do up to three internships for academic credit: one in your major, one in your minor, and one open elective.
During your academic internship, you will work with a faculty supervisor in the academic area of study pertaining to your internship. Your professor will provide a learning agreement or syllabus and may also incorporate midpoint and final semester evaluations (completed by your internship site supervisor) into your final grade. The internship is a graded course and affects your GPA.
For more information about academic internships, including eligibility and frequently asked questions, click here.