Internships are a great way to develop professional skills that employers are looking for, and put your liberal arts skills into action in a real-world setting. An internship is different than a job because the experience includes learning goals and reflection in order to enhance academic knowledge. According to the annual survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers prefer to hire candidates who have relevant experience. These experiences also will help you to:
• Determine if a career is a good fit, or explore a specific field of interest
• Obtain practical experience to enhance a resume and improve skills
• Supplement theoretical learning with practical applications
• Develop a network of professionals in a student's field of interest
The Hubbard Center encourages all students to complete at least two internships during their time at DePauw. These experiences can be part or full-time, paid or unpaid. Full time internships can count for 1 Extended Studies Credit and take place during Winter Term, May Term, the summer, or even during a semester in conjunction with an academic component. For information on how to register your internship for Extended Studies credit, click here.
To learn more, visit the Hubbard Center of Student Engagement or e-mail our Coordinator of Employer Relations & Internships.
DePauw students most commonly do internships during the summer. You may work with an organization of your choosing to initiate an individually-customized internship, or apply for competitive internship programs sponsored by a wide variety of companies and organizations. Specific opportunities in a wide variety of industries are also available through various online posting sites and on TigerTracks, DePauw's internships and job positing site. The Hubbard Center is also available for one-on-one advising appointments to assist you with your summer internship search, and workshops are offered to learn about effective internship search strategies.
Summer Internship Grant Program
The Hubbard Center Summer Internship Grant Program exists to award students such as you for unpaid internships that are secured in non-profit, government, and start-up environments (locally, nationally, or internationally). Internships supported by this competitive program will provide a learning experience that connects full-time summer work to individual academic and professional goals. Selected students will receive living wage grants to support them for the summer during the internship. The grant cycle for summer 2015 is now open, so click here to read more about the guidelines and access the application. To learn more about the work of our current group of 2014 Summer Interns, please visit the Hubbard Center blog to read about several students' experiences.
Each January, hundreds of DePauw students participate in full-time month long internships all over the world. A short-term internship is an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the career field of a student’s choosing. You may pursue career exploration opportunities as a chance to learn more about career options in a given industry and build on professional skills, goals, and knowledge in a meaningful way. Depending on the internship location, you may contribute to the special projects or research of an organization, and/or participate in the daily operations of a workplace. You will work with a DePauw sponsor and establish individualized learning goals centered on the following objectives:
• Professional communication: You will develop written and verbal communication skills relevant to the world of work.
• Organizational literacy: You will gain a practical understanding of workplace culture and dynamics, as well as the expectations and appropriate behavior for their role within a particular professional environment.
• Personal career development: You will be able to set and assess achievement of personal, individualized goals related to professional skills, knowledge, and awareness.
You may choose to pursue an opportunity in virtually any industry. Many opportunities are available through TigerTracks, or you may develop opportunities on your own through connections you have made through colleagues, family*, friends, alumni, and community. We suggest that you familiarize yourself with the process of short-term internships and establish goals prior to reaching out to potential hosts, as this will help facilitate conversations about your role in the organization.
Developing resumes and application letters are important steps in career exploration and development, and are required in the process of preparing for a short-term internship if seeking Extended Studies Credit. Workshops and advisers in the Hubbard Center are here to help you through the process. Limited funding for short-term internship experiences may be available for scholarships through the Hubbard Center for students with demonstrated financial need. To participate in a Short-Term Internship for 1 Extended Studies credit, click here to learn more about the process.
If you are looking to spend a semester engaged in high-quality, immersive learning experiences you may choose to partake in a semester-long internship. Many of the off-campus study programs approved for DePauw credit integrate internship participation into their missions or offer internship components. You may research options by viewing the list of approved programs, scheduling a meeting with the Hubbard Center staff, or by dropping by during our walk-in hours. Click here to learn more...
If these programs are not an appropriate fit for you, you may also consider applying for independently-designed off-campus internships. These internships consist of academic credit for full-time, semester-long internships in conjunction with academic work. Planning for a semester off-campus involves collaboration with faculty and staff far in advance. You should seek advising as early as possible. Many students enrolled in classes on campus also participate in part-time, on-campus semester internships through specific departments at DePauw, or volunteer at a professional organization in the local Putnam County Community.
An international internship will provide you with much more than just high quality professional work experience. Your internship experience will go beyond the workplace as you explore the local culture and truly immerse yourself in the day-to-day patterns of another country
Many of DePauw’s sponsored Study Abroad Programs have internship components to their offerings, which sometimes includes taking courses in conjunction with a part-time internship, or participating in an internship full-time.To learn more about these programs please visit Horizons. Other opportunities are secured through DePauw’s extensive alumni network, outside fee-based international internship programs, and through formalized internship programs at student identified companies and organizations.
Participating in an international internship requires advance planning well ahead of time (1 year prior), which should be discussed first with your faculty adviser, as well as a Hubbard Center staff representative.
Alumni & Parents: Host a DePauw Intern
Hosting a DePauw intern is a great opportunity for you to share your expertise with a current DePauw student and help him/her learn more about your career field. Students secure internships on their own through a variety of sources, but we also welcome internship offers from parents of DePauw students, employers, and other friends of DePauw.
• An opportunity for you to share information about your profession and provide career mentoring to an DePauw student
• The opportunity for students apply their liberal arts skills in a real-world environment
• Experience to strengthen a students future job and internship applications
Organizations interested in hosting a DePauw student for an internship may post their own position directly to our online database, TigerTracks. To register your organization, please visit the TigerTracks portal to begin posting positions. The Hubbard Center career staff is available to help if you have questions or need assistance with this system. Please contact Pam Woodall, Employer Relations Specialist at email@example.com, or call 765-658-4281.
To learn more about the advantages of employing DePauw students and graduates in internships or full-time employment, click here.