At Adams State, we are working toward the day when a high-impact internship is accessible for every student and a key part of an Adams State education.
What is an internship and why do I need one?
An internship is a temporary work experience that develops new skills and reinforces classroom learning through real-world applications that promote career readiness and lifelong learning.
Work Experience is an increasingly vital element for a pathway into your future career and is something employers will look for on your resume. A great way to gain this work experience is
through an internship!
Internships can vary. They might be course-based or non course-based, paid or unpaid. There are semester-long internships as well as shorter-term “micro” internships. Some are in person and location specific, and others can be done remotely. Find a good fit for you that offers the skill development you seek.
Why participate in an internship?
- Demonstrate your employability
- Explore your interests and refine your career path
- Develop personal and professional skills and competencies
- Expand your professional network
What characteristics make a strong internship?
- Opportunity to practice theories learned in the classroom
- Skills learned are transferable
- A defined beginning and end
- Detailed job description
- Professional feedback and supervision
- Reflective activities built into the experience
- Related to career goals, coursework, and Adams State learning outcomes. (credit-bearing)
- Faculty member provides additional supervision (credit-bearing)
How do I find an internship?
- Register for an internship course at Adams State.
- Let faculty in your department or program know of your interest.
- Reach out to an employer, community leader, or another professional and inquire about internship availability. Many students find their internships in this way.
- Contact Adams State Career Services to learn of internships they know about.
- Sign up on Handshake and explore internship opportunities.