How do I get an internship?

Students usually complete an internship during their junior and/or senior year. First, visit the Office of Career Services to talk about internship opportunities, how to obtain an internship, how to write a résumé and cover letter, and how to prepare for the interviewing process.

The Office of Career Services is located on the first floor of Saint Joseph's Hall. Call 893-6636 or 893-6637 to set up a time to come in, or you can also just drop in.

Do I earn credits for my internship?

Most students complete internships for credit and experience. Only a few internships are paid in addition to credits. As an intern, you will enroll in a four-credit course called Business Internship Program (BU 404).

How long do internships last?

They are usually a semester long, although a few last a year:

  • Fall Semester, September-December
  • Spring Semester, January-May
  • Summer Semester, May-August

Why participate in an internship?

Student benefits include:

  • Gain professional experience while in school
  • Sample specific jobs within career areas
  • Make valuable contacts for future networking
  • Sample different working environments (work setting, type of employer, or industry, geographic location)
  • Gain insight into real-world application of concepts learned in school
  • Develop self-confidence and independence
  • Earn money
  • Earn college credit

Where can I work as an intern?

Saint Joseph's College has many connections in the Greater Portland area with businesses and organizations. Some typical intern placements include:

AARP Maine International Trade Center
American Red Cross Mercy Hospital
Baker Newman Noyes, CPA Portland Magazine
Berry Dunn McNeil & Parker, CPA Portland Pirates
Burgess Advertising Portland Police Department
Edward Jones Investments Portland Radio Group
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Portland Sea Dogs
Giraffe Events Portland Water District
Green Tree Marketing Sweetser
Hannaford Supermarkets
Idexx Laboratories UnumProvident
Lake Region Animal Hospital WGME 13
Lakes Region Weekly Windham Parks & Recreation
Maine Medical Center Wolfe Public Relations
Maine State Government  

Can I do an internship on campus?

Yes, the following departments have sponsored interns, for example:

Athletic Department
Saint Joseph's College Online
Information Systems
Intramurals & Recreation
Marketing & Public Relations
Sports Information

Employer benefits include:

  • Lowers recruiting costs
  • Affords observation and evaluation of potential employees
  • Provides reliable source for pre-professionals
  • Requires no permanent commitment (however, 60 percent of the time interns are hired on full-time)
  • Allows greater productivity during business cycles
  • Lowers training costs
  • Allows for input into educational process

What are employers required to provide?

  • Written job description or a simple list of duties/responsibilities
  • Appropriate learning environment where the intern may apply their college studies in an experiential learning setting
  • Specific point person that the intern can refer questions to
  • Schedule allowing students to work (at minimum) 150 hours over 15 weeks so they may receive academic credit
  • Internship evaluation form at the conclusion of the internship

What are the student's responsibilities as an intern?

  • Treat internship position as a professional job
  • Satisfy academic requirements of internship course
  • Must notify employer beforehand if they cannot report to work at scheduled times
  • Must provide own transportation

What does Career Services Center provide?

  • Promote internship opportunities to students
  • Refer students to sponsoring employers
  • Provide résumé and interviewing skills assistance
  • Coordinate the academic component of the internship