- An internship is an opportunity to work in a business, agency, or organization before finishing college.
- You'll gain practical experience and insight before graduation.
- You'll learn about a company's culture and find out whether your values are compatible.
- You'll meet the decision-makers who may influence or assist your future career choices.
What should I expect during my internship?
Students work alongside professionals at the business and are mentored by supervisors. Often students are assigned to work on special projects that allow them to put into practice the concepts and theory learned in the classroom. The level of responsibility they enjoy as an intern surprises many students. This opportunity offers much more than a work-study position or part-time job. What is done during an internship will vary based on the amount of experience you bring to the internship and your willingness to take on added responsibilities. Though assignments vary from internship to internship, you are encouraged to take on more challenges and responsibilities with each new internship.
How do I find an internship?
Plan early and start early. Be sure that you have a resume and are ready to apply, because some internships are only open for a very short time. Interns with some of the larger employers are recruited very early in the year, so investigate the hiring process of the companies in which you are most interested.
- Visit the Milgard Success Center and create an account with their online career management platform Handshake.
- Use resources provided by UW Tacoma's Career Development.
- Try using internship-specific websites like LookSharp.com and Chegg.com. Or, search internet sites like Indeed.com, Glassdoor.com or Simplyhired.com, and visit “niche” career sites like idealist.org or makingthedifference.org. Students seeking international internships can find great opportunities by using sites like iE3 Global.
- Learn more about your desired industry and job searching in general by visiting sites like WetFeet and Vault.
- Identify potential employers and career opportunities based on your interests. Many employers throughout the country list their internships on their websites; for example Weyerhaeuser, Russell Investments, PEMCO, Moss Adams, Deloitte, and Boeing.
How do I sign up for academic credit?
- Completion of three of the following business core courses: TBUS 300, TBUS 301, TBUS 310, TBUS 320, TBUS 330, TBUS 350.
- Minimum 2.0 CUM GPA; students may not be on academic probation.
- Students must be declared in a business major: TACCT, TBUS, TFIN, TMGMT or TMKTGT.
Undergraduate credits earned for internships may be used to fulfill general university elective credits.
If the work of an internship spreads between different terms, the student only needs to submit one internship application. They should specify the number of credit hours for each term that corresponds to the amount of work that takes place in that term. They will be graded separately for each quarter. It is against policy to grant academic credit for work already completed. Students cannot apply for internship credit for their current job.
Complete and submit the TBUS 468 Application to a Milgard advisor in Dougan 204 no later than the third day of the quarter the student will be earning the credit.
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