An internship is a closely supervised, short-term work experience integrated into a student's education. Internships can occur during the summer or the academic year, can be full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid, and in a variety of career fields and geographical locations.
Employers have come to view internships as a proving ground for future employees. The National Association of Colleges and Employers found that on average employers will hire approximately 40 percent of their entry-level hires from within their own internship program this year.
Not all internships are created equal. Ideally, an internship allows you to explore career fields while gaining valuable professional experience and connecting with professionals. To ensure the quality of our internships, Davidson uses the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Criteria for an Experience to Be Defined as an Internship:
When applying for experiences labeled as internships, you should look to see if the experiences meet these criteria.
There is no "perfect time" to complete an internship. Some students will do a succession of three internships, after each academic year, whereas others will only do one the summer after their junior year. Some Davidson students will complete part-time internships during the academic year in or around the Davidson area.