Almost half of college students who participate in an internship receive a job offer upon graduation, AND they receive higher salaries! According to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers offered positions to 2/3 of their interns and 31% of all new college hires come from internship programs. Therefore, internships are a valuable asset to have when job searching. |
Benefits of an Internship
Internships provide students with the opportunity to evaluate different types of employment in various work environments that will enhance self-awareness, expand your knowledge of career options, and identify your strengths and areas of growth (as measured by employer evaluations). Internships can also:
- Provide meaningful work experiences for students which increases their marketability when looking for a permanent position
- Help students determine if this is the right career path
- Provide the opportunity for students to network with established business leaders in their field
- Help build a resume that sets the student apart from others when looking for a position
- Allow students to practice what they learned in the classroom
- Familiarize students with a working environment
- Make students more marketable to employers
Are internship positions guaranteed?
Placement as an intern is based on various factors such as:
- Availability of internship positions
- An acceptable GPA
- An interview and internship offer by a participating employer
Students can also develop their own internship placements upon approval of the internship coordinator.
What type of positions are available?
At present, over 600 government and private agencies, organizations, and companies offer internship positions. Work experience is varied. Opportunities are available in Communications, Computer Science, English, Fine Arts, History and Government, Natural Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Law, Advertising, Media, Sports, the Environment, Social Services, Women's & Human Rights, and International.
How do I learn about internship opportunities?
Here are three ways:
The Career Development Center has internship postings on Bulldogs4Hire
- Contact employers directly and ask if they would be willing to take on an intern
Are interns paid?
Internship positions may be paid or non-paid, depending on the skill needed and your qualifications. Summer internships are generally paid positions.
How many credits do internships earn?
Internships registered through this office earn two (2) academic credits via our Interdisciplinary Studies (IDIS) 201 or 202 course.
What are the hours?
The hours required per week will depend upon the requirements of the position, but usually are less than 20 hours per week. Students completing internships for academic credit are required to work a minimum of 100 hours per semester. Summer internships are usually full-time positions.
Who is eligible?
To qualify for an internship, a student must:
- Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
- Be currently enrolled in a degree program
- Have completed at least two semesters of college-level work
- Transfer students must complete at least one semester at Bowie State University
- Meet with the Internship Coordinator
How do I register for an internship?
Students can earn two academic credits for an internship experience. A student must register for the two-credit interdisciplinary course for the semester in which the internship will be completed. As an intern, a student is a part-time employee of the participating organization, agency, or company. Therefore, although interns are still subject to Bowie State University's Student Code of Conduct, they are also required to adhere to all rules and regulations of the employer.
Steps to register
- Attend the Landing Your Dream Internship workshop (see calendar for dates and times)
- Prepare a resume for review by the Career Development Center staff
- Upload your approved resume on Bulldogs4Hire
- Select sites and complete all required application forms for each site
- Complete and submit an Internship Registration Form to the Internship Coordinator
- Register for the two-credit Interdisciplinary Studies (IDIS 201 or 202) Internship course
- Maintain contact with the Internship Coordinator in order to maximize options and opportunities
- Notify Internship COordinator when you receive an intersnhip offer
For additional internship information, please contact the office at 301-860-3825.