Types of Internships
Academic Credit Internships
An academic internship is any credit-bearing career-related work experience of limited duration in which an individual takes on responsible roles outside of the traditional university environment: in a non-profit organization, a government office, or a for-profit business. Programs can be structured or unstructured, as long as there is training and supervision involved and you are receiving academic credit. It is a valuable form of professional training that provides students with the opportunity to test their career interests in an off campus setting. Positions may or may not be paid, and students can do credited internships during the fall, spring or summer terms.
Students must adhere to the Undergraduate Internship Application process to receive summer internship credit. However, the following procedures are different from the semester program.
- All students must register and pay a fee for their internship credit through the College of Professional and Continuing Education.
- The College of Professional and Continuing Education offers two summer sessions. Students must submit their application materials according to the internship office deadlines. These deadlines are based on one week prior to the add/drop date for each summer session.
*** DUE TO STRINGENT INS REGULATIONS, ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THEIR INTERNSHIP APPLICATION MATERIALS PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF THEIR INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE. ***
Please meet with staff from the International Students and Scholars Office when planning to do any internship in the United States to ensure that the necessary immigration paperwork is completed.
Summer internship planning should take place during the academic year to ensure you will have a full-time faculty member willing to sponsor you and have ample time to prepare your internship application.
Barth Summer Internship Award
Applications are due each year in mid-April.
Thanks to the generosity of the Theodore Barth Foundation, Career Services is able to offer Clark undergraduate students a $2500 stipend (6 total awards) to support unpaid, summer internships in the nonprofit sector.
This funded internship opportunity is open to Clark Undergraduate First Years, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors (Seniors who will graduate in December 2016 only) who plan to complete an unpaid summer internship at a non-profit organization. Students awarded Barth Internship funding will be required to participate in an internship student panel or poster presentation during the academic year.
You may complete the internship for credit; however, Barth Internship funds may not be used to cover the cost of summer tuition. Please consult with the Internship Coordinator for assistance with the for-credit application process.
Internships must be secured before the April deadline. Applications for internships that are pending will not be accepted.
Interested students should fill out an application.
The application must also include:
- a 2-3 page statement describing your internship*
- a proposed budget (costs involved such as travel, housing, etc)
- your resume
- a copy of your unofficial transcript
The selection criteria includes, but is not limited to:
- the quality of the written proposal
- the quality and length of the internship commitment (internships are expected to be a minimum of 180 hours)
- the value of the experience to future career goals
- past participation with Career Services/The LEEP Center
*To be considered, you must submit a complete application via Qualtrics. No paper applications will be accepted. Once submitted you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not, please contact Career Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-793-7258.
Questions? Please contact Vickie Cox-Lanyon at VCoxLanyon@clarku.edu or 508-793-7258.
Check out the Writing a Proposal tips under Helpful Tools.
Theodore H. Barth Foundation Summer Interns: 2016
Career Services congratulates the following students who were awarded Barth funding to complete a summer internship this year.
- Casey Bush ’19 (History) STAND, Washington, DC
- Daniel Ewald ‘18 (Undeclared) The Trustees of Reservations, Leominster, MA
- Eliana Stanislawski '17 (IDSC) AIDS Project Worcester, Worcester, MA
- Emily Thompson ‘17 (Political Science) CISV International, East Longmeadow, MA
- Cassidy To ‘17 (Psychology) Summerbridge Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- Crystal Tang ‘18 (Econ/IDSC) Project Equity & APAPA, Oakland / Sacramento, CA
- Tori Whitney ‘16 (Biology) UMass/Memorial Audiology Clinic, Worcester, MA
Projects from Past Barth Interns
Read about the projects of recent Barth interns:
- '09 Barth recipient Sam Palace's summer internship with Kwiáht in San Juan Islands, WA
- Natalia Jaramillo's '12 internship in Columbia to to conduct research on the impact of bullying
- Yelena Finegold's ’12 internship with the Iracambi Atlantic Rainforest Research and Conservation Center in Minas Gerais, Brazil
- Elizabeth Huff's '12 internship with the Jefferson Library at Monticello
- The Washington Center Program and The American University Washington Semester Program are both coordinated by the Study Abroad and Away Office. Students may go to DC for a semester, intern full-time and take a class, and receive 3-4 units of credit for your experience. Contact Study Abroad for details.
- Paid Conservation Internships with housing provided. Go to the SCA web site.