Internships & Experiential Learning
Internships and experiential learning have become a vital part of a successful college education. Fortunately, The University of Scranton believes they are an integral part of the educational process.
Internships give students the opportunity to integrate what they have learned in the classroom with what they are learning in the field. In the past 2 years, students have completed internships for credit at 439 organizations in 12 different states, plus the District of Columbia. Non-credit bearing internships are also available. These are less structured and do not necessarily relate to specific course work. Students in certain majors also apply what they have learned through meaningful clinical experiences and student-teaching.
Recent Internship Sitesplus or minus
Some recent internship sites include:
- Bank of America Merrill Lynch
- Lockheed Martin
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
- Ralph Lauren
- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
- The Philadelphia 76ers
Frequently Asked Questionsplus or minus
Q. May any student do an internship?
A. Yes. Internship opportunities are available to all students
Q. Where can I do an internship?
A. Internships are available with almost any type of organization including business, private and government organizations, not-for-profits, health-care, research, entertainment and many others.
Q. How do I choose among the internship opportunities?
A. You should look for an activity that you value and enjoy doing. Generally speaking, when evaluating internship options, your program major is less important that the type of work you seek to perform.
Q. How do I learn about internship opportunities?
A. University student should contact the Office of Career Development and their academic departments to learn about internship opportunities. Also, many students identify internship opportunities through personal contacts, including family and friends.
Q. When may I complete an internship?
A. Depending on your academic program and your course schedule, you may arrange for internships during the traditional fall and spring semesters or the January intersession or during summer sessions. Because internships are based on knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, they are generally not taken until the second year or later.
Q. Must I complete a credit-bearing internship?
A. The host organization may have rules governing whether a student must take the credit-bearing internship. There is no University requirement to complete a credit-bearing internships. However, only these are included on the official transcript.
Q. What is the value of a credit-bearing internship?
A. A credit-bearing internship incorporates faculty mentorship before, during and after the experience. Faculty engagement with the student and host organization ensures an experience that integrates academic work with practical experience. The credit-bearing internship is also noted on the student's official final transcript.
Q. What is the financial cost of an internship?
A. Only internships taken for credit involve a tuition charge. The charges are included in the flat-rate tuition structure when the internship is taken in fall or spring. When taken in January or in the summer, the tuition charge for the internship is charged at the per credit rate.
Q. Who do I contact to begin my internship search?
A. Your academic advisor and faculty members are always good first contacts. The Office of Career Development will have information on internship opportunities and how to communicate with the organizations offering internships. Also, speak with faculty who you believe could serve as a mentor for your internship. Many academic programs have internship opportunities posted regularly.
Interviewing for a competitive summer internship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, I was as nervous as any college student would be. But the first words from my interviewer were, 'I know your program director at Scranton!' If not for that strong Scranton connection, I wouldn't be where I am today.
Isabelle Dolente '17