Internships provide students with opportunities to explore careers, acquire professional experience, and prepare for post-graduate employment. Students can earn credit through their major or minor for relevant work experience. Students also can earn elective credit for work experience that is meaningful but that might not align with the History and Art History disciplines. Learn more and how to apply to receive academic credit on the OUS Web site.
The benefits of completing an internship are numerous and include:
- Gaining an understanding of an industry’s standards and challenges.
- Exploring personal and professional interests and strengths, and determining where these align.
- Determining the elements of an organization’s culture and a student’s fit within it.
- Networking, building relationships, and developing professional contacts.
- Developing professional writing and presentation skills.
- Prioritizing time and responsibilities, and managing projects.
- Testing aspirations and goals in the workplace.
- Setting new aspirations and goals based on the internship experience.
Internships and Careers Readiness
Experiential learning opportunities help students build career readiness skills while they make important decisions related to their career direction. An academic major is simply one facet of a student’s life. There are many other factors that contribute to career exploration and management.
Overwhelmingly, employers care more about students’ career readiness skills, and seek to hire students as interns and entry-level candidates who possess such skills and also can articulate them clearly.
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