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Internships

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.

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.

Why you should 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

How can you create your own internship?

  • Interview with employers who recruit at Miami. 
  • Contact employers in particular fields or cities that interest you.
  • Network with friends, relatives, alumni, faculty.
  • Participate in informational interviews. 

Other Internship Resources

Ohio Means Internships

Many employers attending the Miami University Oxford Spring ICE (Internship & Career Expo) are seeking interns as well as full-time employees, check out the Spring ICE FAQ page for more information.