What is an internship?
An internship is a self-initiated, supervised work experience with appropriate private organizations, businesses or government agencies that increases interaction with professionals in related fields. Internships provide work experience for your resume as well as networking opportunities, which can lead to a potential career in some situations.
What is the purpose of an internship?
- To enhance your professional preparation through direct involvement in your chosen field
- To provide a learning environment where you can apply knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom setting
- To realistically prepare you for professional positions and build your resume
Examples of past internship sites
- Building Industry Association of Clark County
- CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children)
- Children and Family Services Division
- Children’s Home Society of Washington
- City of Vancouver Water Resources Education Center
- Clark County Commissioners Office
- Clark County Environmental Services
- Clark County Historical Society
- Clark County Juvenile Court Services
- Columbia Springs
- Department of Corrections
- Fort Vancouver
- Institute of Culture and Ecology
- Mercy Corps
- Multnomah County Department of Community Justice
- Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge
- Washington State Legislature in Olympia, Washington
- U.S. Probation Office
- YWCA of Clark County
How do I get an internship?
- Before 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.
- 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.
No later than the first week of the semester: Return the following completed and signed forms to the internship coordinator:
- Learning Agreement Form
- Partnership Agreement Form
- Student Release of Liability
Important: If you fail to submit your paperwork or contact the internship coordinator by the 10th day of classes, you will be administratively dropped from the course.
Take the next step
Contact your department for more specific internship information.