It’s a fact. Internships not only provide important context to classroom study – they also help you gain an advantage for future employment.
In a competitive job market, employers are looking for more than just academic credentials, they want hands-on experience, too. That’s why finding the right internship as an undergraduate student can put you in a position to land the right job after graduation.
At WPU, you’ll complete an internship beginning as soon as your junior year, after taking three courses in your major. It’s a WPU requirement – and it’s central to what will set you apart as a Peace graduate, whether you plan to continue your education in graduate school or embark on a career after graduation.
100% of our students graduate with an internship. That’s why, on average, more than 90% of WPU grads find jobs within one year of graduating.
WPU Internships At-a-Glance
WPU Internships Pay Off. Really.
WPU students go beyond the classroom and get hands-on experience that prepares them for life after college. In fact, 67% of WPU grads report landing jobs directly through their internship experience.
“Professional experience – often gained through an internship – is becoming more and more important for prospective new hires.”
U.S. News & World Report
How do WPU internships work?
Every 40 hours of onsite work at an internship translates to one credit hour (120 hours = 3 credit hours). As a student, you can earn up to six credit hours through internships. Internships can be paid or unpaid and grades are awarded for each completed internship.
All internships will be reviewed by William Peace University faculty to ensure goals and objectives of the position compliment your learning and professional goals.
Once you begin your internship, it’s important to continuously seek and receive mentoring and feedback. Introduce yourself to various departments within the organization and talk with your internship coordinator about attending meetings, networking opportunities, professional organization meetings and receiving an introduction to top-level management.
How do I find an internship?
WPU has an extensive network of internship employers. Choose from organizations and businesses we’ve built a relationship with, or explore your own opportunities. If you see an internship you like, you can discuss it with Career Services and gain approval. Either way, we promise to assist you in getting one.
Internship information sessions are also offered each semester prior to registration. Every student is required to attend an internship information session.
What’s required in the WPU internship class?
As a WPU student, you will be required to meet with a faculty member several times during your internship semester. Your class syllabus will detail the requirements of the internship program and complementary assignments.
You will be graded (A, B, C, D, or F) based on obtaining your learning objectives, attendance and participation in your internship class, class assignments and your site supervisor’s evaluation.