What is an internship?

Photo of student collaborating with others at a deskAn internship is a self-initiated, supervised work experience with appropriate private organizations, businesses, or government agencies that increases interaction with professionals in related fields.

What is the purpose of an internship?

  • To enhance students’ professional preparation through direct involvement in their chosen field
  • To provide a learning environment where students apply knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom setting
  • To realistically prepare students to enter professional positions

Examples of past internship sites include:

  • Building Industry Association of Clark County
  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Assistant)
  • Children and Family Services Division
  • Children’s Home Society of Washington
  • Clark County Commissioners Office
  • Clark County Historical Society
  • Clark County Juvenile Court Services
  • Department of Corrections
  • Fort Vancouver
  • Institute of Culture and Ecology
  • Mercy Corps
  • Multnomah County Department of Community Justice
  • Washington State Legislature in Olympia, Washington
  • U.S. Probation Office
  • YWCA of Clark County

How do you get an internship?

  1. Photo of hands with pens working on a documentBefore the beginning of the semester, check with your faculty advisor to assure that internship credits are appropriate to your program of study. Determine how many credit hours of internship are appropriate for your program. Remember: 50 hours of fieldwork must be completed for each hour of credit for which you are registered.

  2. Submit a one-page typed statement to a faculty member in your department or to the internship coordinator explaining why you are interested in an internship and how it relates to your academic and/or professional development.
    • Begin contacting potential placement sites.
    • Secure a site.
  3. At the beginning of the semester:
    • Return to the internship coordinator, no later than the first week of the semester, the completed and signed forms: a) Learning Agreement Form b) Partnership Agreement Form and c) Student Release of Liability.
    • Students who fail to submit their paperwork or contact the internship coordinator by the 10 th day of classes will be administratively dropped from the course.

Take the next step: Contact your department for more specific internship information.