Internships and More
For students, internships and other experiences are invaluable at bridging classroom learning to the workplace, exploring career goals, gaining hands-on experience, and meaningfully contributing to a company or organization of interest. For employers, students bring valuable insight, energy, and ideas to new and existing projects and operations.
Explore the many ways to get involved:
Internships provide substantive work experiences that include training and supervision, and provide opportunities to develop new skills and acquire knowledge. Employers prefer students who have practical experience and often seek internship experiences specifically.
Internships are typically a semester (fall, spring, summer) in duration, may or may not carry academic credit, and may be paid or unpaid.
For more information on internships, explore the Frequently Asked Questions About Internships page and schedule time to meet with a Career Advisor through the Opportunities Board. To register for academic credit explore the required steps here and contact us with questions at email@example.com. To explore funding opportunities, read about PLU’s scholarships here.
Micro-internships are short-term, professional assignments that are project-based. While shorter than internships, they still offer training and supervision, and provide opportunities for skill development and acquiring knowledge.
To start exploring and applying to micro-internships, check out Parker Dewey, PLU’s site for micro-internship opportunities. Plus, schedule time to meet with a Career Advisor through the Opportunities Board to have your application reviewed.
Cooperative Education (Co-op)
Cooperative education typically refers to alternating classroom learning and paid work experiences in a field directly related to the student’s academic or career goals. In many cases, the co-op is a full-time work experience that requires the student to not enroll in additional courses during the term. Co-ops may be eligible for academic credit.
For more information schedule time to meet with a Career Advisor through the Opportunities Board. For questions regarding academic credit registration, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers perform a service without pay to support a cause. Opportunities include one-time assistance or continual service. Students can gain skills and knowledge, and experience workplaces through service. To learn more, schedule time to meet with a Career Advisor through the Opportunities Board.
Job shadowing provides an initial exposure to a career, industry, and organization through the experience of “shadowing” an experienced employee. Activities may include a tour of the workplace, observing activities of employees, meeting with members of the organization, involvement in projects, and/or attending meetings. This is a great opportunity to build connections, and better understand the work environment.
To explore job shadow opportunities, start with LuteLink. Explore the community and use the “Help Topics” filter to search for PLU alumni who may be interested in hosting a job shadow. In addition, schedule time to meet with a Career Advisor through the Opportunities Board to learn more.
Simulations and Hackathons
Simulations or hackathons aim to imitate a system, entity, phenomenon, or process. Both can allow experiments to be conducted or innovations to be created and are opportunities to build new skills, make connections, and gain experience.
To learn more, schedule time to meet with a Career Advisor through the Opportunities Board.
Internship Funding and Scholarships:
Have you ever wanted to serve as an intern but you didn’t have the financial means to pursue it?
At PLU, we believe all students should have the ability to participate in an internship. Each year Alumni & Student Connections solicits applications from qualified PLU students for the Krise Endowed Internship Fund, the Long Science, Technology & Society Endowed Internship Fund, the Heike A. Phelps Memorial Scholarship.