Internships are an important part of gaining real-world experience in your field.

“An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.” —National Association of Colleges and Employers

Common characteristics of an internship

  • Three–six months long
  • Part or full time
  • Paid or unpaid
  • On or off campus
  • Connection to an educational program with academic credit
  • Non-credited experience

Contact individual academic departments for information about internship opportunities. 


A Hope College internship involves:

  • An academic course with deep learning in an applied setting for which students receive a grade and academic credit listed on their transcript
  • A professor who:
    • Oversees the internship
    • Makes contact with the onsite supervisor and student
    • Assigns and evaluates readings and written assignments
    • Meets or communicates with the student regularly to stimulate reflections about vocation and calling
  • An applied experience onsite at an outside employer
  • Three hours onsite per week over the course of at least one semester or summer, along with time invested in course meetings and writing, for each credit earned
  • An experienced on-site supervisor who conducts regular meetings with the student
  • Internships posted on Handshake are approved by the college as credit worthy