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An internship is no longer an option to be competitive in today’s job market, but a requirement. It will provide you the opportunity to do and see what you’ve been learning in the classroom. In addition, it’s a great way to find out if a particular career or work environment is a good fit for you. And don’t forget….it’s not all about what you know, but who you know (and who knows you!). An internship will open the door to your professional network and hopefully lead to a permanent position upon graduation!
What is an internship?
An internship is a way for you to get hands-on, supervised experience in the field you are studying. You are able to apply the concepts you are learning in the classroom to a work environment. An internship may be paid or unpaid, last at least one semester (concurrently with classes or independently) and depending on the organization and time of year, you may work full or part-time. You may also elect to receive academic credit for you internship, or do it for the experience alone.
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Due to state regulations, Grand Valley students may not earn internship credit in the following states: Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Washington, and West Virginia beginning July 1, 2014. Non-credit internships in these states will not be affected.
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