Common characteristics of an internship
- Three–six months or more
- Part or full time
- Paid or unpaid
- On or off campus
- Academic credit
- Non-credited experience
- For-Credit Internship Information
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 on-site supervisor who conducts regular meetings with the student
- Internship Search Steps
Before scheduling an internship appointment, try to accomplish as many of these steps as you can:
- Draft a résumé
- Decide if you want credit for your internship (some majors require an internship for credit to graduate)
- Research internships on Handshake
- Decide where you would like to intern geographically
- Decide which semester(s) would make the most sense for your schedule (we recommend planning at least a semester or two in advance)
- Schedule a meeting with Boerigter staff via Handshake
- Begin applying for 20+ internship opportunities with tailored résumés and cover letters or letters of inquiry
- Practice interviewing with a mock interview or online practice through InterviewStream on Handshake
- Off-Campus Internships
With support from the Boerigter Center and the Fried Center for Global Engagement, you can earn internship credit through domestic and international off-campus programs.
- Faculty Resources for Teaching Internship Courses
- Access all faculty resources for teaching internship courses via Google Drive
Micro--nternships are short-term projects at external organizations, typically involving 20–60 hours of work.
- For students, micro-internships provide a way to gain some hands-on experience and display your skills to a potential employer. While we strongly encourage summer or semester-long internships and other experiential learning activities, micro-internships can serve as a supplement to further enhance your résumé.
- For employers and alumni, micro-internships may be an optimal way to accomplish small projects in your organization without the formality of hiring new staff or a consulting firm. In addition, it’s a great way to get to know a Hope student that you may want to invite back for future opportunities.
Hope College has partnered with Parker Dewey to post and find micro-internship opportunities. Create an account and get started.
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