Do you know what you want to do after college or how you’ll start your career? How can you improve your job or grad school prospects? Would you like to build your confidence, improve your work skills, network with professionals, and possibly earn academic credit?

One of the best ways to gain vital hands-on experience in your field of study and prepare for life after graduation is by participating in an internship.  Whether you are computer programming in San Francisco or counting fur seals in the Bering Sea, there are hundreds of opportunities for you to apply your college skills to the working world.

Participation in at least one internship will allow you to:

  • Explore career possibilities.
  • Apply your classroom learning to ‘real world’ situations.
  • Expand your list of career contacts.
  • Fulfill a graduation requirement  (for some majors).
  • “Try on” an industry, work environment, or organization you never considered.
  • Discover what you don’t want to do.
  • Improve your job prospects after graduation.

Two types of internships are available to Principia students: academic and non-academic .  The academic internship is for credit and has different requirements than the non-academic internship, which is not for credit.  Either can be a paid or unpaid position.

Both types of internships should meet the following criteria:

  • The intern is professionally supervised at the company or organization.
  • The internship will be a new learning experience, not a repetition of a previous job.
  • The intern has a deliberate learning agenda that can be accomplished by a learning contract or a similar process.



The program is open to all enrolled Principia College students who are in good standing at the college. Students of all majors are encouraged to explore with their advisor or the ACA office, the benefits of, and timing for, their internship.

If you are planning only one internship, ideally it should be during the summer break between junior and senior years or during your senior year. Like many others, you may consider participating in more than one internship to add to the knowledge, experience, and value you offer a potential employer.  Summer and winter breaks during your sophomore or junior years are great times to plan these. Freshmen should consider an internship only if they have extensive exposure to a field, and a faculty and/or ACA’s recommendation.

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