Find Your Dream Internship
Preparing for your dream career begins with gaining valuable experience through internship opportunities. Students at Wittenberg regularly complete internships in Springfield and beyond with local and nationally recognized Fortune 500 institutions. The COMPASS Sweet Success Center is ready to help you develop a job search plan to find internships that fit your goals. They can also assist you with preparing your resume and cover letter before applying. Schedule a meeting with one of our trained counselors today!
Why Should I Complete An Internship?
Competitive Experience: We all begin somewhere. However, having skills on your resume that you developed from an internship experience can make you a more competitive and attractive candidate to a potential employer.
Career Exploration: Internships can help you get a first-hand look at a particular career field or company without long-term commitment. An internship might confirm that you enjoy a certain type of work. It also might help you re-direct your pathway to something more relevant to your goals and sense of vocation.
Networking: Internships provide you with ample networking opportunities. Your supervisor, colleagues, and fellow interns are all potential connections that can support you in your future career journey.
How Can I Register My Internship?
We are excited to get to work with you as you begin an internship experience in an upcoming semester. Please review all steps below to ensure a successful registration process. Career Services is always available to answer any questions that might arise along the way. Please know that internship registration must be done within 7 days of starting your experience. Additionally, internship tuition will be charged to your account for any credit hours received during the summer term. We are unable to register internships after completion or at the end of the experience. This is a forward looking process.
- Step 1: Secure Internship Site
You will need to have secured your internship site prior to registration. Typically this involves applying to open opportunities, interviewing, and being offered the role. Career Services can assist you with this process.
- Step 2: Meet With A Faculty Member
Meet with the faculty member you plan to have supervise your internship. Ensure that they approve of the experience and discuss learning goals, academic evaluation, and credit hours needed for the internship. This information is needed for your registration form.
- Step 3: Complete Registration Form
Login to Handshake using your university credentials. Click on "Career Center," then "Experiences," and finally "Request an Experience."
Things To Remember
- This must be submitted within a week (7 days) of starting your internship.
- You must know the name and email address for your faculty supervisor, department chair, and internship site supervisor.
- Please be aware that you must pay for each credit hour taken during the summer term or if overloading in a traditional academic year (August-May).
- Step 4: Await Approval
After reviewing your submission, Career Services will start the approval process. Once all electronic approvals have been received, the Registrar will add credit-bearing experiences to your account and it will be viewable in Self-Service.
- Step 5: Plan For Completion
After approval, you should be aware that you will be responsible for completing the academic evaluation assignments from your faculty supervisor. In addition, Career Services will require completion paperwork that will be emailed to you. You must submit these assignments to receive credit.
How Much Will My Internship Cost?
Internships taken during the summer term carry a fee per credit registered. The cost per credit hour can be found on Student Financial Services' Student Expenses site on the Tuition & Fee Schedule. The fee is listed as Summer School Tuition. Internships taken during the fall or spring semesters are included in the normal full-time tuition, and do not carry a cost unless a student goes over the maximum 19 credit load. If the internship puts a student into credit overload, the credit overload fee would apply per credit over 19 credits. The overload fee amount can also be found on the Tuition & Fee Schedule referred to above.