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 two-thirds of their interns and 31 percent 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
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
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. 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.
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 to enroll in an internship course, a student must:
- Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
- Be currently enrolled and in good academic standing
- 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
Steps to Register for an Internship Course
- 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
- Maintain contact with the Internship Coordinator in order to maximize options and opportunities
- Notify Internship Coordinator when you receive an internship offer
- Complete and submit the Internship Agreement form to the Internship Coordinator upon receipt of an internship offer
- Register for the two-credit Interdisciplinary Studies (IDIS 201 or 202) Internship course
How do I learn about internship opportunities?
- The Career Development Center has several internship resources. Listings can be accessed via our Job and Internship Resources page
- Contact employers directly and ask if they would be willing to take on an intern