What You Can Do
What is an internship? Interns work in professional settings for little or no pay in exchange for training experience in that setting. Internships are temporary arrangements in which a company or other institution agrees to sponsor an individual for certain a period of time.
In an Internship, students experience their field in an entirely different way than in the classroom. They can learn skills, begin to build a professional network, and observe first hand the work of career professionals. Institutions of all kinds; corporations, businesses, governments, libraries, museums, hospitals and other health care settings, colleges and universities, and schools have internship programs.
At UMass Lowell there are numerous ways to get help finding an internship. Some Schools have their own internship programs.
Students in the Manning School of Business and the Francis College of Engineering, and Computer Science majors may apply to the Professional Co-op Program managed by the Career & Co-op Center. Interested students from these academic areas are invited to contact the Assistant Director of Co-op for their respective majors.
For students in other majors most undergraduate academic programs offer some form of experience-based learning course. Course titles often include one of the following terms: “service learning,” “cooperative education,” “industrial experience,” “practicum,” “internship,” “field experience,”. Students should speak to their academic advisor or department chairperson to learn requirements, available credits, policies, and registration procedures.
Students may also find internships outside of course work which they would like to be considered for credit. They should discuss these with their academic advisors and Department Chair.
Why an Internship?
Many students are finding that without internships, they are far less marketable for the post-graduation job market than their counterparts who have internship experience. An internship will help you attain new "real world" job skills that complement your academic work and make you more competitive in the job market. Also, internships let you try a career field or industry to see if it fits your interests, values, and talents. You'll have opportunities to start building a network of professionals who can serve as mentors, and provide employment references and job leads. Occasionally interns are invited to transition to full-time employment. An internship experience will make the first post-graduation job easier to get, and it may increase your chances for a larger salary.