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Career Connections connects students with quality internship experiences, liaises with employers to establish learning-centered opportunities, and networks with faculty to provide for-credit opportunities and to enhance student learning. For students, internship experiences 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 of interest. For employers, interns bring valuable insight, energy, and ideas to new and existing projects and operations.

Career Connections relies on the NACE definition of an internship for evaluating experiences. To be considered a legitimate internship by the NACE definition, all the following criteria must be met (click here to view):

  1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

For additional information or assistance with internships, please contact:

Dawn Rinehart

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Career Connections is here to support you as you set goals for obtaining an internship. To schedule an appointment for personalized, one-on-one assistance, or to view current internship openings, log in to the Career Connections Opportunities Board.

Did you know you can complete an internship and receive academic credit? Click here for more information.

You must complete an online Learning Agreement. Please submit your Learning Agreement via this link.

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 a chance for any internship with the sky as the limit. Each year Career 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. To learn about about these dedicated PLU funds and external funding resources, please click here.

For additional questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions About Internships page.


The Career Connections Opportunities Board, our online job and internship board, allows employers to post positions for PLU students and alumni for free. Click here for instructions for creating an account and posting positions.

Career Connections will work with you to develop an internship that benefits both students and your organization. Guidance in developing an internship is available here.

Career Connections offers several recruitment services and resources. Click here to discover ways to engage students and increase your visibility on campus.

Government agencies, for-profit corporations, small businesses, and non-profit organizations, who are not involved in political or religious activity may be eligible to participate in the State Work Study (SWS) program. Through SWS, the state contributes to the wages of work study student employees, so participating employers benefit from educated, motivated workers at a lower cost. Additional program information is available here.

For additional questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions About Internships page.


Evaluation is determined on a case by case basis, usually determined by the discipline, the number of credit hours and the student’s learning objectives. Some faculty sponsors have students keep a daily log and submit a final research paper. Click here to see more Internship Evaluation Ideas.

Career Connections assists students with questions regarding timing of an internship, finding an internship, and selecting an internship course. Career Connections facilitates the registration process by collecting learning agreements and approvals from all stakeholders, and collaborating with the Registrar’s office. Career Connections also collects Statements of Understanding from employers on the behalf of the student and Pacific Lutheran University.

For additional questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions About Internships page.