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Steven GauseMy experience in Washington DC was one unparalleled to any other--the life lessons, professional skills, and friends I made in a few short weeks will remain with me forever. The combination of my internships, The Washington Center's events and lectures, my academic course, civic engagement project, and the overall culture of Washington, DC all contributed to me gaining knowledge about much of the world that previously I was not exposed to. Similarly, The Washington Center has also contributed to my personal and professional growth. For this, I am most appreciative. Through hands on learning, I have gained understanding here that could not be taught in any textbook. Because of this, I am now equipped with all the tools I need to be successful and secure the career of my dreams.

—Steven Gause

Welcome to the World of Internships!

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, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. 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

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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Looking for Reflection and Internship Summary Assignments?  This portfolio is one approach to combining summary of a student’s internship experience with career development.  The portfolio can also be used later to share with employers during future interviews.  If you’d like a copy for your use, please contact acadinterns@memphis.edu.

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