Internship & Job Search

Start your search with Handshake:

  • Discover 1,000s of internships and jobs
  • Connect with employers representing all career clusters
  • Find career-related events that allow face-to-face interactions

Networking, job shadowing and informational interviews often open doors to additional opportunities.

What is an Internship?

An internship is an opportunity that combines learning with work and offers a unique experience for career exploration. The essential component is that as you are working, you have structured and intentional objectives to learn about a career field. An internship or related experience can help you decide whether that field is really for you.

Please note: All Miami students should complete an internship form prior to beginning an internship. See information below for instructions.

Types of Internships

Internships can be full- or part-time, short- or long-term, paid or unpaid, for credit or not for credit, self-directed or mentor-led, or any combination thereof. Some employers have formal internship programs while others only offer internships on an informal basis.

In addition, faculty-supervised research, high-impact student jobs, client-centered projects, service learning activities, studio-based projects, independent studies, student teaching and leadership roles with student organizations have many of the attributes of a traditional internship, and can be just as valuable to a prospective employer.

There are three types of internships for Miami students, and all Miami students must complete the appropriate internship form, no matter which type you wish to complete.  The internship types are:

  1. Extra-Curricular Internships are initiated by the student, are not required for the degree, and do not receive academic credit. Students are not enrolled in any internship course. These internships can be pursued during academic terms in which they are enrolled in other classes or during breaks between periods of enrollment. They need not be related to the student’s program of study, and no faculty supervision is needed. The University does not enter into an agreement with the Internship Sponsor. Students may list the internship on their resume, but it will not appear on their academic transcript.
  2. Co-Curricular Internships relate to the student’s program of study (e.g., major, minor, certificate program) and can be paid or unpaid. Students pursuing them are enrolled in a course (which can be 0 to 6 credits), but it is not a mandated requirement for the program of study. Students must have a completed learning plan signed by an assigned faculty supervisor.  Academic credit appears on the transcript and may be offered as credit/no credit or for a letter grade.
  3. Curricular Internships are a requirement for the student’s declared degree or major. These internships must be for academic credit and can be paid or unpaid.  Students must have an assigned faculty supervisor and learning plan.  These internships appear on the transcript, and the internship course may be offered as credit/no credit or for a letter grade.

How Do I Complete the Internship Form?

Students should complete an online internship form no matter whether the internship experience is credit-bearing or non-credit-bearing, paid or unpaid or occurs during the academic year, winter term or summer term.

To get started, you should review the description of the types of internships with your student (see above), then click on the appropriate form link:

Please note: The form for Curricular and Co-Curricular Internships is the same. Students who complete the Curricular/Co-Curricular Internship Form will be registered into the internship course by the University Registrar.

Instructions for Completing the Form

Once you click on the appropriate form, you will be taken to a landing page that has "Education Abroad" as the heading.  Even though "Education Abroad" appears as the heading, this is the correct page! (We are using the same digital platform that is used for study abroad.)

Follow these steps:

  1. Click on "I have a Miami University username and password," and click "Submit."
  2. You will arrive on a new page.  Click on the semester or term when you plan to do the internship.
  3. Under "Program Itinerary," enter in the "arrival date" field the date when you plan to begin the internship.  Enter in the departure date field, the ending date of your internship experience.
  4. For the "Location" field, type in the name of the city where your internship will occur.  Then, click on the name when it appears.  If it doesn't appear, just type in the location of the internship (city, state, country) anyway.
  5. Click on "Add to Itinerary" button and then "Apply" at the bottom of the screen.
  6. You will now be on the "Program Application Page."  
    • If you are pursuing an Extra-Curricular Internship, you should click on the Extra-Curricular Internship Form in the right quadrant titled, "Answer These Questions." Complete all of the questions.
    • If you are pursuing a curricular and co-curricular internship, (i.e., internships where you register for a course) follow these steps:
  7. If you are pursuing a Curricular or Co-Curricular Internship, you will first need to complete the "Internship Learning Agreement" that is available on the Program Application Page in the "Complete These Tasks" quadrant on the upper right side.  Once you click on that link,  a new pop-up window will appear.  Click on the "internship Learning Agreement.docx" link.  The document will automatically download onto your computer.
  8. Complete the agreement with your faculty mentor and internship sponsor, and be sure to secure all needed signatures.  Then, scan it as a PDF document and save it on your computer.
  9. Once a PDF version of the agreement is on your computer, go to the Program Application Page.  Click on the  Co-Curricular/Curricular Internship Form that is available in the "Answer These Questions" quadrant on the right side.  Answer the questions on that form.  At the end of that form you will be given the opportunity to upload your Internship Learning Agreement PDF document that is on your computer.

Why Should You Pursue an Internship?

  • Explore potential careers
  • Learn how to conduct a job search
  • Build work-related skills
  • Experience a “3-month interview”
  • Network with people in your field
  • Become more marketable for your future job search

Before you begin your internship search, you should reflect on:

  • Your interests, strengths, skills and experiences
  • The skills you hope to gain or refine through an internship
  • The types of careers that interest you
  • Other career choices that may be available to you
You may be interested in obtaining academic credit for an internship. Because academic departments have different policies for granting credit for internships, we suggest you contact your academic advisor or faculty advisor to learn more about your home department’s specific policies. If your home department does not offer internship credits for the internship you are interested in completing, the Center for Career Exploration & Success offers pass/fail internship credit - EDL 340. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Beth Zink.

Other Important Information About Internships

  1. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the University’s internship policy.
  2. Complete the appropriate online form by the end of the semester or term before the internship experience. If you wish to pursue a credit-bearing (curricular or co-curricular) internship, the internship course will be added to your schedule after the form has been fully completed. Note: Internship credit cannot be retroactively granted.
  3. If you are wishing to pursue a credit-bearing (co-curricular or curricular) internship, you will also need to complete the learning plan by downloading the form from the online platform, completing it, and getting it signed by your faculty mentor and internship supervisor. You will upload that plan with your online application.
  4. In some situations, a student may wish to receive credit for an internship yet is completing the internship in a term or semester in which he or she is taking no other courses. In this instance, the student may complete the internship experience (without enrolling in any internship course) and then enroll in an independent study in the semester or term following the experience.  The independent study may be credit-bearing and can be used to reflect on and further probe the learning that occurred during the internship experience.  Please note: Undergraduate students must be enrolled for a minimum of six (6) actively registered credit hours in a semester to be eligible for federal financial aid or loan deferment. 
  5. During the internship, check in regularly with your faculty mentor. Let him or her know how your experience is going and note how you are meeting the goals of your learning plan.

Following the internship, update your resume, LinkedIn profile and/or Handshake profile to showcase your hard work.