Internships combine what you learn in the classroom with real life experience from the workplace. They are short-term work assignments related to your major or career of interest. Internships allow you to try out career options and gain professional experience that will be helpful in finding employment after graduation. The timing and duration of internships can vary widely from programs you complete over the summer to part-time experiences throughout your academic career.
Who can have an internship?
Eligibility varies depending on the internship. In some cases, first-year students can intern. In other cases, more experienced students are preferred. Internships may be open to all students, or limited to students with specific majors or work experiences. Don’t rule out the possibility of securing an internship – there are many options!
When should I do an internship?
Now! Many students make the mistake of not looking into internship positions until late in their academic careers. Getting experience early on is a great way to solidify your major and career choice, or narrow your options. Additionally, adding practical experiences like internships can really enhance your resume and future employability.
Can I be compensated for an internship?
Yes, although compensation varies depending on the internship. No matter the pay, students benefit from the experience they gain on internship, and it’s a great resume booster!
Can I have an international internship?
OSU has a unique program which allows students to pursue internships abroad. Additional information is available through the International Programs website.
How do I find an internship?
OSU and the College of Engineering provide great resources to help you locate and secure internships (see Internship Information below), but opportunities are everywhere. Students who identify and network with companies and organizations in their chosen fields are more likely to secure a meaningful internship.