What is an internship?

You may have heard the word internship and thought it referred to an on-campus job. In reality, internships include any supervised work experience related to your career interest including work that is paid or unpaid, credit or non-credit earning, and/or in corporate, non-profit, government, clinical, or research settings. Most importantly, internships allow you to apply what you have learned in the classroom and develop career skills.

Other key aspects about internships:

  • Provides you with the real-world experience you will need to successfully attain a full-time job in your field.
  • Alerts you to the skills that employers demand of prospective employees.
  • Allows you to test out possibilities by exploring your interests and using your skills in a professional, working environment.
  • Maybe paid or unpaid, may or may not offer academic credit.
  • May include opportunities in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors.
  • Offers employers fresh ideas to creatively respond to real business problems.
  • Provides networking opportunities in the field.
  • May result in a full-time employment offer.

Finding Internships

Making the Most of Your Internship

Self-study online modules are now available for current UIC students on YouTube (and on Blackboard) on internship and employment topics.  Each online module can be completed in less than 10 minutes.  Note:  UIC students may register for the Career Readiness 101 online course on Blackboard to access the course (non-credit):

Schedule a Career Advising Appointment