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What is an internship?

Internships provide opportunities to gain practical, career-related skills outside of the classroom. Even if you have job experience, consider an internship as part of your academic career, whether or not it is required. You will earn college credits while building your resume and meeting professional contacts.

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Why should I do an internship?

  • Employers say that when selecting people to hire, candidates with more experience have a better chance.
  • Internships help you to determine your strengths and preferences in different work environments.
  • You will be able to apply classroom material to real world scenarios.
  • They help you to determine courses that may be beneficial to you once you have chosen a career path.
  • You will make networking connections and establish references to use in the future.
  • Sometimes they may even lead to full-time opportunities.

At the College of General Studies, the following CGS majors and certificates require an internship or count it towards the program elective coursework:


  • Administration of Justice, BA
  • Media and Professional Communications, BA
  • Public Service, BA
  • Non-Profit Management Certificate


  • Legal Studies, BA
  • Communication Certificate
  • National Preparedness and Homeland Security (NPHS) Certificate
  • Writing Certificate

For all other CGS academic programs, the internship is optional but highly recommended.

Internship Eligibility and Registration Requirements:

Please review the College of General Studies Internship Policy for eligibility requirements and our Internship Checklist for information on how to secure and register your internship for academic credit. 

Learn about the University’s Internship Guarantee Program.