What is an Internship?

Defining Internships.

Understanding what an internship is and how you can be successful as an intern are important in leveraging your experience in the future. We encourage you to participate in experiences where you can apply your academic knowledge in real world work settings.

Loyola University New Orleans adheres to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) definition of an internship which is described as: “A form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

How do students benefit from an internship?

Internships are very important in a student’s career development. Through these assignments, students can:

  • Determine if this is an appropriate career path.
  • Find out how to prepare for a career in a specific field.
  • Develop a network of professional contacts for future opportunities and references.
  • Learn about the workplace skills to develop in order to build a strong resume.
  • Find out what to expect when transitioning into a full-time job.

Where do I find an internship?

  • Check Handshake or other online job boards.

  • Meet with your career coach at the Career Development Center to discuss available internship opportunities. Schedule an appointment in Handshake.

  • Ask your professors and classmates.
  • Network! Ask friends and family about opportunities.
  • Attend Career Fairs.
  • Contact organizations directly.

What about virtual internships?

Virtual internships are a viable option for gaining meaningful expereince. However, there are certain things to keep in mind. You can learn more about what you can do get the most out of a virtual or remote experience by referencing this guide.