Experiential learning integrating knowledge and theory learned with practical application and skill development in a professional settings.

What is an Internship?

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

- From the National Association of Colleges and Employers

At Longwood Universityinternships are part of the student's academic program and are seen as different from volunteerism or simple work-for-pay, such as after-class, part-time, or summer jobs. Because academic credit is awarded, academic departments may require additional class meeting times, outside readings, papers, reports, and/or projects. 

Experiences can be both paid and unpaid depending on the employer and opportunity. 

Why Complete an Internship? 

The primary purpose of the internship is to provide an opportunity for students work directly in an outside firm or agency, appropriate to the student's major and/or career interests, so that he or she may connect classroom learning to the work environment.

Benefits of an Internship

  • Clarify/Explore career interests
  • Determine Graduate Schools or Certifications
  • Develop and expand personal skills and knowledge base
  • Earn academic credit toward graduation
  • Enhance productive and professional work habits
  • Establish a network of contacts
  • Gain practical knowledge in a professional setting
  • Increase confidence by learning strengths in communication skills
  • Learn personal responsibility and commitment
  • Observe relevance between classroom knowledge and the working world
  • Secure a competitive edge in the job-market
  • Test your career choices early! 

Next Steps

  1. Meet with University Career Services to explore your internship options.
  2. Meet with your Academic Department to learn how to gian academic credit.
  3. Secure multiple internships prior to graduation. 

Rules and Regulations

Please visit this site: http://www.longwood.edu/sacs/state-authorization/ for more information about internships and state authorizations that may be required.