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Through interning you gain hands-on career experience and apply what you have learned in the classroom while helping the organization. Students can intern during the semester while carrying a full academic course load or full-time in the summer.

Internships

For Academic Credit

  • Students intern after they have taken enough classes in their major to build a solid academic foundation, usually in the junior/senior year.  Occasionally an internship for credit is approved by a faculty member in the sophomore year.
  • Generally, students earn up to three credits per semester, or 10-15 hours each week, and may keep a journal or write a reflection paper at the conclusion of the experience that counts toward their grade for the internship.  A student may also consider an internship for less credits, or a six-credit internship-talk with your advisor and professor.
  • Internships for credit are part of the student’s course load and must be paid for, as any other class would be.  If done in the summer, the fee would be above the normal tuition payment for the semester.
  • Your first step is to meet with your professor to discuss academic credit and specific internship guidelines and placement possibilities. Often students will find their own internships but still need faculty approval for credit. Please contact one of the following individuals for assistance in finding a professor to oversee an academic internship:

American Studies: contact Dr. Stuart Brown: stuart.brown@uconn.edu

Bachelor’s of General Studies: contact Jamie Caruso:jamie.caruso@uconn.edu or Sue Kienle:  susan.kienle@uconn.edu

English: contact Dr. Rachel Lynch at Rachel.lynch@uconn.edu

Human Development and Family Studies, contact Dr. Laura D’Onofrio, laura.donofrio@uconn.edu

Psychology: contact Dr. Kimberli Treadwell:  Kimberli.treadwell@uconn.edu or Dr. Robert Astur:  robert.astur@uconn.edu

School of Business: contact Nakeia Moore: nakeia.moore@business.uconn.edu

Internships must be paid.

Urban and Community Studies: contact Dr. Ruth Glasser:  ruth.glasser@uconn.edu  or  Dr. Phil Birge-Liberman:  phil.birge-liberman@uconn.edu      UCS at regional campuses accepts academic credits whether internship is paid or unpaid.

If you are majoring in a field such as Accounting, Biology, Communications, Drama, History, Political Science, etc., it’s possible to intern in the summer before you transfer to Storrs.  See Susan Hyde-Wick:  susan.hyde-wick@uconn.edu. She will assist with internship opportunities and refer you to the appropriate professor.

  • Prepare for the Internship
    • Resume Writing Packet In-depth packet created by UConn Waterbury Career Development. Resume Samples
    • Make a career services appointment and bring your resume draft to the Career Counselor to be critiqued: Multiple appointments may be necessary, but it is worth the time to have it reviewed.
    • Job Interview Packet [Prepare for the interview.  The UConn Waterbury gives step-by-step tips on what to expect in the interview and addresses how to answer interview questions. There is a handy checklist at the end of the packet.]
    • Make a career services appointment  for a Mock Interview Practice.  Prepare for the actual interview through use of a mock interview and obtain personal feedback on your performance. You must submit a resume and provide a sample job description so the staff can prepare.
  • Find an Internship
    • Make a career services appointment with the UConn Waterbury career counselor to discuss the latest strategies for finding an internship and obtaining additional contacts. Click here for advapp instructions.
    • internships.uconn.edu Check out the Center for Career Development at Storrs for credit and non-credit opportunities for Uconn students only, paid or unpaid.
    • Community Organization Contacts For local community service internships. A comprehensive list compiled by UConn Waterbury Career Services and the Outreach Office of local internships-non-credit or credit. It contains Web addresses, contact names, and the organization’s mission.
    • Access Waterbury Career Newsletter from UConn Waterbury Career Services, a Bi-monthly E-Newsletter that lists internships, and jobs. Contact those agencies to ask if there are any new postings available.
    • internhere.com: Employers in Connecticut and Massachusetts post internship opportunities for college students. Students may register to receive new listings by e-mail that match their interests.
    • internqueen.com Lauren Berger’s is the Intern Queen. Her site is one of the most popular sites on the Web.
    • Husky Alumni Network UConn students only can access alumni internship listings: The Career Services Center within the Husky Alumni Network is a resource to find an internship in any career and contains hundreds of job listings across multiple industries. You can post your resume for recruiters throughout the region and across the country to review.
    • Look in the UConn Waterbury Internship/Job Binders in the Student Affairs Suite and at the Information Desk. Peruse the Career Services Bulletin Boards outside of the Suite and in the Main Lobby downstairs.
  • Unadvertised InternshipsOver half of internship seekers find opportunities by networking.
    • Students should not forget interpersonal connections: parents, their friends, neighbors, a summer employer, golfers they caddy for, customers at a restaurant, community members met while volunteering, etc.! You should tell everyone who might have a connection you are looking for an internship.
    • yellowpages.com The Yellow Pages Directory of Services, either on line or in a printed directory, can be a great resource. Look up a local industry in your area and call or even show up at the door with your resume in hand. This may seem like a last resort, but in the current market, the latest career research has reported that can be highly effective.
    • Service learning opportunities may lead to an internship. Agencies partner with professors to offer a for-credit teaching and learning experience that integrates community service to enrich students’ learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen community.