PLU has a robust network of employers who offer paid and unpaid internships, allowing PLU students to gain valuable insight into a career or field of study, building professional skills, and network. Internship opportunities exist during the academic year and during the summer and offer the opportunity to receive academic credit.
§ 91.2% of employers prefer hiring candidates with relevant or any type of work experience.
§ 57% of employers prefer experience gained through internships (Data from National Association of Colleges and Employers, 2015)
For students, internships are invaluable at bridging classroom learning in the professional workplace, exploring career goals, gaining hands-on experience, and meaningfully contributing to a company or organization. Internships can be part- or full-time, short or long term, for credit or not for credit, paid or unpaid. Some opportunities are formally advertised, while others are found by word of mouth.
For juniors, summer is an excellent time to have an internship that will allow you to deepen your expertise in a specific area and connect with like-minded professionals.
Did you know? Recruiting for summer internship occurs February through April, while some industries begin recruiting as early as September! That said, you should be begin preparing an entire calendar year before you intend to begin your internship.
By now you have most likely gained experience working on campus, playing a sport, participating in a club or organization on campus, or conducting research. Start thinking about ways that your past experiences prepare you for a future internship and what type of culture or environment best suits you.
Can you complete the internship for credit? Meet with your academic advisor to discuss options in your major and schedule.
Think about enrolling in Psyc 213 to enhance your networking, resume cover letter, an interviewing skills.
Thinking of doing an internship?
Schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor by calling 253-535-7459