An internship is an on-site work experience that is either directly related to your major field of study or your career interest. It can offer many benefits: valuable work experience (and may even lead to a job offer!), contacts in the field or industry, opportunity to apply classroom theory to the real world of work, and more.

Before looking for an internship, ask yourself these questions:

  • Why do I want to do an internship? What do I hope to gain from the experience? What specific skill do I hope to acquire?
  • Where do I want to do an iternship? My hometown? In another country?
  • What type of work would I like to do? In what field?
  • What type of organization would I like to intern for?

If you don't have a good idea of your own goals and reason for doing the internship, it will be difficult to convince an employer that you deserve the internship opportunity.


Search for Interships

Internships are becoming increasingly competitive. You search for internships the same way you search for jobs. Thus you must prepare your documents, interview skills, polish your job search skills early so that you can effectively compete for the best internship opportunities. It may be an internship but it is still a professional job search, treat it accordingly.

Steps to Apply

  1. Meet with a program manager at Career Services to talk about internship options.
  2. The program manager will activate the internship application on YCareers that must be filled out in order to receive school credit for an experience.
  3. Meet with a program manager.
  4. Fill out internship information on YCareers.
  5. Once the application is submitted, you will receive an email outlining the paperwork that is required for your internship.
For Funding Consideration, applications must be received by:
  Summer Semester internships - March 31
  Fall Semester internships - August 15th
  Winter Semester internships - November 30th
For Registration only (no funding), applications must be received by:
  First day of the semester

International Student Visas

Internship:  For F-1 and J-1 visa students. Pre-graduateNON-PAID work experience for academic credit.  Usually lasting one academic Term or Semester.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT):  For F-1 visa students. Pre-graduatePAID Internships.  Usually lasting for one to two academic Terms or Semesters.

Academic Training (AT):  For J-1 visa students.  Pre-graduate or post-graduatePAID Internship or on the job training. Usually lasting for one to two academic Terms or Semesters.  A pre-graduate experience must meet University Internship requirements.

Other Documents

Student Insurance Information
Student Agreement

Safety, Security, and Risk Guidelines
Internship FAQ
How to Find Your Ideal Internship by Dr. Randall Hansen (
DQuick Tips: Finding a Internship (
Internship-AT-CPT Learning Agreement (zip file download)
Employer: Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)