Benefits of Credit-Bearing Internships

Academic Credit 

  • Internships provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to apply classroom knowledge and to strengthen their professional work habits.
  • Credit-bearing internships are part of the total learning experience, giving a student's academic program a sense of reality and relevance.
  • Many employers, colleges, and universities don’t consider an internship real unless it receives course credit through an academic institution. 

Real Work/World Experience

  • Academic internships provide the opportunity for students to gain greater insight into their chosen career, allowing students to explore different work environments and organizational cultures. 
  • Provides the environment to learn how to interact with diverse personalities, assisting them with strengthening or redirecting their career choices. 

Explore a Career

  • Internships may also confirm or redirect career decision-making through on-the-job experience in a chosen field.
  • Well-planned and well-executed internships offer students a chance to gain first-hand knowledge of an organization and an industry, helping them focus their career goals and acquire valuable job skills and work experiences. 

Networking and Connecting

  • Internships are an excellent source of meeting professional people in your field and making connections that may pay off in the future.  Those connections create the potential for regular employment after the internship ends.  Sarah Bomberger, a 2015 graduate of Millersville University, interned at Beers + Hoffman Architecture and landed a job with them after graduation.