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Internships

Getting experience in your field BEFORE you graduate is crucial

Internship Process and Deadlines

Maine College of Business and College of Technology students must complete these steps to enroll in an internship course (example SPMG290, SPMG390, GPMT490, ACCT790):
 
1. Register to attend one of our weekly Mandatory Internship Workshop. This step should be completed at least six months before the semester in which you need to take your internship course.  Dates and times for Workshops are listed in Panther Jobs in the Events and Workshops sections. 
 

2. Consult with your Academic Advisor to determine academic eligibility.

3. Upload your resume in Panther Jobs to be reviewed by a Davenport University Career Coach - it should be in approved status before you begin applying for positions.

4. Refer to the Student Resource section below for the Internship Checklist and Internship Intent Form. Send all documents listed in STEP TWO of the checklist to your Internship Manager before the following Deadline Dates:                       

  • Spring / Summer 2018 semester: April 1
  • Fall 2018 semester: May 15
  • Winter 2019 semester: September 15
  • Spring / Summer 2019 semester: January 15

5. Start looking for positions by attending Career Events and applying for positions on Panther Jobs

Student Resources:

Undergraduate

Graduate

Other 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!

Allied Health & HIM Practicums 

Please visit that section of the College of Health Professions website.  

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.