Academic Internships Office

ILOs and Our Services

The Academic Internship Office fully supports Pacific Lutheran University’s Integrated Learning Objectives and the Internship Office helps to fulfill the university’s Integrated Learning Objectives (ILOs):

Knowledge Base

  • The pursuit of an internship and the internship experience provide a forum for understanding the interconnections between the liberal arts and sciences.
  • The pursuit of an internship and the internship experience provide a forum to explore and apply an in-depth knowledge of a specified area of knowledge.

Critical Reflection

  • Through facilitating students’ informal self assessment and perceived “salable” skills; how their skills and capabilities are perceived from an employer’s perspective.
  • In helping students assess how to best represent themselves to a potential employer.
  • In helping students reflect on how their academic program has helped them to prepare for an internship and how their studies will be integrated into the work they will be doing.


  • In the development of a professional vocabulary as we work together.
  • In understanding the difference between a student mind-set and a professional presence.
  • In the creation of a letter of application.
  • In the development of professional telephone skills In the preparation for an interview.

Interaction with Others

  • Through events like the Career & Internship Fair and the Etiquette Dinner.
  • Through informational interviews and other interactions with professionals in the fields of their interest.


  • In helping the student clarify what they want to learn and what kind of a work environment they are seeking to learn it.
  • In helping students assess employer values and identifying how it matches theirs.
  • In providing information on what employers are seeking in their candidates and helping the student reflect on whether it matches them.

Multiple Frameworks

  • Help the student examine the employer and assess the dimension of diversity that exists by the very nature of the variety of things that are done in the workplace.
  • Draw the student’s attention to workplace interactions, the diversity of perspectives on the work itself as well as problems and issues that arise in the workplace (from co-workers and leadership) and what they can learn from that, including that in the documentation of their learning experience.

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