/ Boerigter Center for Calling and Career


Common characteristics of an internship

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

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

Before scheduling an internship appointment, try to accomplish as many of these steps as you can:

  • Draft a resume
  • 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
  • Begin applying for 20+ internship opportunities with tailored resumes and cover letters or letter 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.

Learn more about off-campus internships