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Andrea PietrzykEntering my senior year as an International Studies major, I wanted a unique learning experience that would both reinforce what I had already learned and teach me to apply it beyond the classroom. Through the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, I obtained an internship with Bridging Nations, a think-tank dealing with US-India relations. Through the many tasks I was given - interviewing South Asia experts, listening to White House conference calls, setting up panel discussions on terrorism - I more than accomplished my goals. My semester as an intern was certainly a turning point in my studies, as I learned how to transition myself from student to professional.

—Andrea Pietrzyk

Interested in Sponsoring an Intern?

An internship is a cooperative educational arrangement between the student, the University of Memphis, and a community partner. Each year more than 5,000 U of M students are interning in schools, hospitals, businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Academic Credit- With an approved learning contract,students may elect to receive academic credit for an internship experience. We highly encourage students to consider taking an academic internship course in conjunction with the internship experience to assist in their degree completion, and provide additional faculty/staff support during the experience. 

Monetary Compensation- The potential to receive financial compensation varies with the organization and the academic discipline. Most University of Memphis students work during the academic semester, therefore the opportunity to receive financial compensation during an internship makes for a more competitive internship program. Please review the Federal Labor Law regarding internships. 

Sponsoring an Intern can...

  • Bring fresh ideas, talents and skills to your organization.
  • Identify prospective employees to meet future staffing needs.
  • Provide cost-effective recruitment and training.
  • Enhance community/university relationships.
  • Encourage more practical training in the educational process.
  • Provide staff for special projects.
  • Contribute to the development of young professionals in our local and regional communities - help build the future of Memphis.

What type of activities are appropriate for internships?

  • Planning and Implementing Special Projects
  • Developing Reports
  • Conducting Research
  • Marketing
  • Website Construction/Maintenance
  • Social Networking

Through internships, the community offers students the opportunity to:

  • Enhance professional development with first hand experience in the world of work
  • Build an effective resume that results in better job offers after graduation
  • Improve knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet career goals
  • Develop a network of professional contacts
  • Reinforce learning received in course work experience
  • Become familiar with future opportunities within and outside Memphis

Employers rate relevant work experience as the most important criteria during the job selection process. A high quality internship provides the key to a more meaningful education and a brighter future.

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Last Updated: 4/6/15