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What is an Internship?

Most colleges/universities have internships, but at UC we are built on a strong history of experiential education to bring you a world class internship experience.


In general, an internship is an arrangement between a student and an employer for that student to work for them for a defined period of time while they are in school. Students complete internships to enhance their skill sets and resumes to make themselves more marketable after graduation.

Internships at UC

An internship is an opportunity for you to work with a company or organization to gain valuable professional experience. If you decide to participate in the Academic Internship Program at UC, you can expect to:

  • take a course that will prepare you for the internship experience
  • be exposed to a wide variety of potential internship employers in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, offering paid and unpaid positions
  • have a strong support system behind you at UC who always has your best interests in mind and wants you to get the most out of your internship experience
  • participate in a comprehensive reflection and assessment process, developed over 100+ years of experiential education, to help you grow as a professional
  • gain valuable experience in your field
  • make connections that will serve you for the rest of your career
  • to earn academic credit for your internship
  • work with your internship employer to build a schedule around your classes that will allow you to work between 10 and 30 hours a week