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Internships

Getting experience in your field BEFORE you graduate is crucial to your employment success!

4 Step Internship Process:

Maine College of Business and College of Technology students must complete the following steps to enroll in an internship course:


 

Step 1: Submit Application for Course

Email an Internship Course Application Package to your Internship Manager as ONE COMPLETE SCANNED PDF file during the following dates:

SUBMISSION DATES:

  • Spring / Summer Semester: January 1 - January 15
  • Fall Semester: May 1 - May 15
  • Winter Semester: September 1 - September 15

Internship Manager Contact Info

 
The application consists of the following 4 documents:
 

a) Workshop Cerificate of Attendance:

Attending a workshop is mandatory for anyone interesting in applying for an internship. Workshops give you the opportunity to learn more about internships and get any questions you may have about the internship process answered. Click the "Register Now" button to find a workshop that will work for you. 
 
 

b) Screenshot of Resume in "Approved Status" on Panther Jobs:

Upload your resume in Panther Jobs to get it approved by a Career Coach. Your resume must be in "Approved Status" to be accepted for your Internship Application. To upload your resume into Panther Jobs or recieve assistance on creating a resume, click the radar buttons below. 

Upload Your ResumE NOW   Contact a Career CoacH TODAY

c) Intent Application

Fill out the intent application and include this in your email for the Internship Application. All fields but be filled out COMPLETELY and ACCURATELY. Incomplete forms WILL be denied and could delay your internsip process. Click the "Internship Intent Form" button to access the file for the document. 

Internship Intent Form 

d) Signed Degree Plan

Make an appointment with your advisor to go over your degree plan and have it signed. 


 

Step 2: Find an Internship 

It is your responsibility to find an internship pertaining to your major. There are several ways to find internships.

a) Panther Jobs: 

Panther jobs has a wide variety of active internships for all majors. Click the link below to view the website and find an internship that will suit you. 

Find Positions ON PANTHER JOBS Now

b) Career Serices Events: 

Attend Career Services events to meet with various employers about potential internships available. Click the button below to see when the next career event near you will take place. 

VIEW CAREER EVENTS NOW


 

Step 3: Reporting Your Internship Site

After you have accepted an internship, you must complete the appropriate forms below and email them to your Internship Manager.

For internships at a new site that you have never worked at or worked at for less than 6 months:Experiential Learning Agreement and Position Description Template

 

For internships at a site that you have worked at for more than 6 months:

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AGREEMENT and Current Employment Verification Form

 


Step 4: Internship Manager Authorizes Enrollment for Course

Your Internship Manager will verify the position directly with the site. You will be notified by email after this process is complete. Your academic advisor will then enroll you in the course. 


 

Student Resources:

Forms

Additional Resources

Benefits of an Internship

An internship is one of the most important things you can do in your college career:

  • The percent of interns that convert to full-time employment is nearly 50%
  • Students from internship programs are “more successful as employees” 
  • Interns receiving full-time job offers has increased more than 10% in the last 7 years

Internships provide you the opportunity to:

  • Establish professional contacts within your field
  • Receive on-the-job training and experience industry firsthand
  • Make informed career decisions
  • Apply new skills and experiences to classroom instruction
  • Gain academic credit toward graduation
  • Enhance resumes, references, and work experience
  • Develop professional skills
  • Use specialized facilities and equipment on the job

Required versus Optional Internships

  • All Allied Health programs in the College of Health Professions require a practicum
  • The Colleges of Business and Technology require Experiential Learning in all Bachelor level academic programs, internship is one option to fulfill 
  • Internships are highly recommended for all students in these colleges

Credit v. Non-Credit Internship

  • Credit and non-credit bearing internships help students gain experience
  • Some DU academic programs require internships and they are optional electives in all programs
  • Regional Internship Managers can assist students to develop credit bearing internships, Career Services Coordinators can assist with non-credit opportunities
  • Both types of internships are posted on PantherJobs

Internship Alternative – BUSN489 or TECH489

Students need experience to enter the job market more easily.  DU instituted the Experiential Learning Requirement in 2014 to be sure our graduates have skills employers want; internship is the strongest of those options to build an individual resume.  It lets students try out an area in his or her chosen field and narrow the focus for future career path steps.  Some DU programs have one or two required internships. 
 
BUSN489 or TECH489 Field Experiences are also solid choices.  Students train to be business consultants and take part in an assigned live business case as a team member.  Field Experience is for more experienced individuals who may not have so great a need to explore career paths, and / or are building upon an already strong resume.  Learn more about Field Experiences here.

See interns connecting with employers at the West Michigan Intern Connect event!

International Internships

Please visit the websites of DU-approved internship program providers and consult the Global Programs Office for further guidance and approval.  Working one year ahead is vital for success in an international search and approval process.