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. The Classes of 2017 and 2018 completed internships at 1,051 organizations in 35 different states, plus the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Ghana, India, Panama and Switzerland. 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:
Children’s Specialized Hospital
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
NASA Ames Research Center
National Institutes of Health
New York Yankees
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
The United States House of Representatives
The Walt Disney Company
United States District Court
United States Marshals Service
United States Senate
The Royal Experience Internship Programplus or minusThe Royal Experience Summer Internship Program is a selective opportunity that awards stipends to The University of Scranton undergraduates who obtain internships with organizations that are not able to provide a salary or stipend. By eliminating financial barriers, this program allows students to explore their career interests, gain new skills, and experience the world of work. Selected students will be eligible to receive a stipend up to $4,000; dispersed in two installments during the summer.
The Royal Threads Programplus or minusRoyal Threads is a clothing lending service run by the Gerard R. Roche Center for Career Development and the Jane Kopas Women’s Center that started in the fall of 2017. This program aims to provide students with business professional clothing items that help them succeed at job fairs, interviews, and other career propelling opportunities. This closet, located in the Center for Career Development in Ciszek hall, houses both masculine and feminine attire.
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.
I will be a software engineering intern for Facebook at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California! It has always been a dream of mine to work in Silicon Valley. I have the opportunity of a lifetime to create something that will impact so many people all over the world.
Samuel Soares '18