Frequently Asked Questions -
What Makes an Internship Great?^
The opportunity to work at or slightly above your current skill level. An established program, committed resources, and an involved supervisor or mentor. Exposure to various departments and/or functions (e.g., the opportunity to attend staff or client meetings). A "start to finish" project and a resulting product (a report, a paper, a presentation). An opportunity to be considered for a full-time, professional position at graduation. Not all internships offer good learning experiences; some will fall short of your expectations. Ensure yours will provide a quality learning experience by asking for a detailed description of the internship before you agree to accept the position, and ask specific questions about what you'll be doing and learning: What sort of training and supervision will be provided? Is there an opportunity to work on any special projects? What career-specific skills can I learn from this internship? Are there any clerical tasks involved? If so, what percentage of my time will be spent on them?
How do I find an Internship?^
There are many resources available to you in your search for a great internship. Here are some tips to get you started, but also consider meeting with the Internship Director or a career counselor in The Career Center to brainstorm more options: Check online for hundreds of internship opportunities. Just log on to The Career Center Internship Opportunities. Attend a Career Forum and Internships Expo events hosted by The Career Center. Ask around! Other students, faculty, alumni, family members, and friends (and your friends' parents) may have had a rewarding internship experience or may now work in a position that you are interested in. Ask them questions -- they may be able to provide you with valuable insight on how to get started in that particular field. Check the web! There are internship directories, internship job links, and company web sites that house many exciting internship opportunities. Also, check The Career Center Online for additional internship links.
Will my Internship be paid?^
Most internships are paid. The average hourly pay rate for most undergraduate internships is $8.04 (minimum wage) - $12.00. But, is sometimes higher for technical students, finance/accounting majors, or for students with extensive work experience. Please be aware, however, that compensation doesn't always come in the form of a weekly paycheck. Some employers offer a stipend (a "lump" sum) at the end of the internship as a reward for your hard work. Regardless of the paycheck and the perks of the job, an internship is a valuable experience for all students. Many students that have worked in non-paying internships have agreed that the experience and lessons learned were more valuable than a paycheck.
Can I get Academic Credit for doing an Internship?^
Some majors require an internship as part of the academic curriculum. School of Business has certain requirements that must be completed in order to receive credit. A written paper--what project involved, what was learned, relationship of internship work to topics covered in Gonzaga classes--should be turned in to Business-Internships@jepson.gonzaga.edu before the end of the semester to receive credit for the internship. Additionally, your supervisor must submit a confidential evaluation and you must submit a student evaluation as well. For more information on doing an internship for academic credit, contact us at Business-Internships@jepson.gonzaga.edu.