What is an Internship?

  • Any practical experience related to your career goals.
  • Opportunity to build your knowledge and skills, exposure to opportunities, and connections to professionals in your field.
  • Can be paid or unpaid.

Search for an Internship

Timing of your search: 

  • Start your search in September if you want to be part of a formal intern program at a large company. Many large corporations try to hire all of their summer interns before Thanksgiving.
  • Government agencies tend recruit interns late in the fall semester or near the beginning of the calendar year.
  • Small organizations or non-profits often begin seeking summer interns in February or later.

Tools for your search:

  • Use job sites like Handshake to find posted opportunities for Illinois students.
  • Participate in career fairs or other on-campus recruiting activities.
  • Search individual company websites, internship databases, or general search engines to uncover internships that interest you. 


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Earning Academic Credit for an Internship

  • In order to receive academic credit for an internship, students must ask their department/ academic advisor whether they have an internship course that provides the opportunity to earn credit in association with the internship.
  • Credit is earned by integrating the internship experience with academic work through the internship course.

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