Internships

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 and a resume. That’s why, on average, more than 90% of WPU grads find jobs within one year of graduating.

Nicole interned with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Here why having an internship mattered to her

WPU Internships At-a-Glance

You'll leave not only with a great degree from WPU, but a resume with connections and experience

100% of WPU students graduate with an internship
96+%
of grads employed or in graduate school within a year of graduation
#1
in rate of internships nationwide
67%
of students land jobs directly through internships

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

What The Wall Street Journal Says About Internships

Our students intern at places like WRAL TV
“Ann Taylor was energetic and enthusiastic. She was always where she needed to be when assigned work. She had great people skills, and learned every task we added to her plate. Overall, we had a great experience with Ann Taylor, and we look forward to working with her in the future.”
WRAL-TV
Capitol Broadcasting Company
...on working with former intern & now employee, Ann Taylor Kallam '18

Where Can I Intern?

Our students take advantage of #OurRaleigh and everything that our great city has to offer. When you’re just blocks away from your internship site, things are pretty sweet.

Some of our internships sites include:

  • Aflac
  • Burning Coal Theatre
  • Cary Police Department
  • Curtis Media
  • Fidelity Bank
  • NC General Assembly
  • NC Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Raleigh Little Theatre
  • Red Hat
  • Salvation Army
  • SAS Institute, Inc.
  • Spectrum News
  • UNC TV
  • Wake Health Services
  • Wine & Design
  • WRAL-TV

 

WPU offers many career fairs throughout the academic year

100% of our students graduate with an internship, and a resume. You’ll gain the skills, work experience, and connections needed to land that dream job following graduation

WPU interns get the chance to work at cool places
“Mallory has been a great intern and a pleasure to work with! Her easy-going personality and adaptability allowed her to quickly fit in with our team. Her intelligence and commitment allowed her to learn the work and do it well. “
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
...on working with former intern Mallory Mullins, ‘18
Image of a gavel to promote the Criminal Justice program at WPU.
WPU alum Hunter Allen.
#PrepareAtPeace

“I think this internship has prepared me extremely well for my future career because, hopefully it is my future career.”

WPU Baseball Player Goes in the Field with SBI Internship
Pre-Law Major, WPU Baseball Player

Internship FAQs

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.

Office of Career Services
Main 17