If you are pursuing a degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, the CAS Internship Office can help you identify and engage in meaningful internship experiences. Through these extended immersions in your future field, you earn course credit toward your major, and gain the skills and confidence necessary to transition smoothly into the workforce upon graduation.
The CAS Internship Office maintains databases of local, national, and international internship sites. We offer these, and other resources, to help you identify the host site that suits your professional interest and geographic preference. After you’ve found an internship, we coordinate the interaction between your academic department and your host site, and guide you through the process.
What is an internship?
An internship is an extended field experience that takes place in a professional work setting. Host sites include small companies, major corporations, nonprofit organizations, political offices, government agencies, and schools. Your internship allows you to apply your classroom knowledge to the real world challenges professionals are facing in your discipline. Through these experiences, you gain valuable skills and confidence, which enable you to transition smoothly into the workforce.
You may participate in an internship locally, nationally or overseas. You might spend time in a research lab on campus at UNE, in a hospital back home, on a sea vessel in Florida, on a scientific expedition in Alaska, at a medical clinic in Africa, or in a political office in Washington, DC. You may take an internship during the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters. You may take one beginning in your freshman year and continuing right through your senior year. And you may take more than one over the course of your time at UNE.
When choosing a host site, you should consider what new knowledge and skills you would like to acquire, what new technologies you’d like to explore, and what professional networking opportunities you might benefit from the most upon graduation. The CAS Internship Office and your department faculty can help you sort through these considerations.
As a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, your internships are credit-bearing courses. Therefore, each one must have a syllabus, regular assignments, and a final grade. Typically, these internship grades are determined by your attendance at internship classes or meetings, your fulfillment of hours at your internship site, completion of academic assignments, and a performance evaluation by your supervisor at the site. The number of credits you earn for each internship depends on your program of study.
To learn more about some of the internship opportunities College of Arts and Sciences students enjoy, visit our Sample Internships page.