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Student Centered High Impact Practices

Internships

Internships are another increasingly common form of experiential learning. The idea is to provide students with direct experience in a work setting—usually related to their career interests—and to give them the benefit of supervision and coaching from professionals in the field. If the internship is taken for course credit, students complete a project or paper that is approved by a faculty member.
Although many students do internships on their own and not for credit, the office that coordinates for credit internships is:

Career Services (Jo Ann Ryan, Bouillon 206, #2405, ryanj@cwu.edu)

Facts at a Glance:

  • Career Services helps students prepare for academic and career success by creating career-related programs and promoting experiential learning.
  • From September 2012 to the end of August 2013, 973 students from all colleges did an internship for credit.  Out of these students 257 received job offers. 
  • 435 employers who hosted interns last year, would like more interns
  • Roughly 1/3 of the past year’s internships were paid
  • 149 employers were CWU alumni
  • 34 students did international internships and 23 international students did internships in the United States