Student Life

Internships

An internship can be one of the most rewarding experiences that you have as a Marymount student. You learn theory in your classes, but it’s only through experience that you can learn what to expect after you complete your degree program. Many students who intern early on decide that they do not want to work in a particular field in the future. Better to discover that after an internship rather than discovering it in your first job after spending thousands of dollars on one or more college degrees! Internships enhance your academic experience and can help narrow your focus for future studies. They introduce you to new fields, help you develop or improve skills, build your resume, and can position you to network for future positions. Sometimes an internship even leads to a job offer from your internship site!

Internships are structured, supervised, professional, and practical experiential learning opportunities for students. An internship at Marymount is guided by learning goals and supervised by both academic and agency personnel. An internship is often referred to as work experience, field work practicum, or cooperative education. Internships may include completion of a reflective journal, portfolio, or reports.

Internships may be offered for credit or on a noncredit basis. The Center for Career Services is happy to help you with both. The difference is the SUBSTANCE of the internship and the ACADEMIC LEARNING that takes place.

For-credit internships are generally more substantive, with no more than 20 percent clerical or administrative tasks. Students in a for-credit internship work with an academic internship mentor (faculty member/AIM) on academic assignments related to the content of their internships. For-credit internships must be completed within one semester. MU students who hope to earn 6 credit hours should be working a minimum of 240 hours throughout the semester, which converts to approximately 10-20 hours a week. You must be at least a junior, transfer, or graduate student, with a minimum of 90 credits and at least one semester completed at Marymount. For-credit internships are generally as academically challenging as any course.

A noncredit internship is something you may do that is independent of your University coursework. It's a great way to explore a career field, gain experience, learn about the inner workings of an office, choose a major, earn supplementary income, start networking, and build your résumé! These positions may be more clerical in nature, but you may gain a wealth of knowledge about working in the “real world.”

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