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Internships can be very helpful to students looking for hands-on expertise. As an intern, you can develop knowledge, competencies, and experience related directly to your career goal.

In addition to learning valuable new skills and getting the practical experience that employers want to see on your resume, you are also given an opportunity to explore your field of interest before "officially" entering it.

What is an Internship?

Experiential Education

Remember that internships are just one component of Experiential Education. Participation in the following activities are also important tools for career development and can help build your resume.

Academic Credit

Academic credit is often required by employers if an internship is unpaid. Academic credit for summer internships and part-time local internships during the academic school year can be obtained through various University of Dallas academic departments. All University of Dallas students may also earn up to six hours of upper-level elective course credit through internship experience. Students should contact Julie Janik regarding requirements and deadlines. All internships requiring academic credit are subject to approval.

Preparation

The internship search process can take 6-9 months and requires several key steps.

First Years & Sophomores

It can be challenging to locate internship opportunities for first-year students and sophomores. If you're having difficulty finding opportunities, talk to a Career Services Advisor regarding how to pinpoint opportunities open to your class year, locate internships in your hometown, and how to effectively build your resume as you approach your junior year.

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