Internships are a great way to “test the waters” for your career path. You can gain relevant experience that can help you build a stronger résumé for future positions, grow your professional network, and make educated decisions about the career path you want to pursue.
Additionally, many majors on campus allow you to earn academic credit for internships as long as you meet with the appropriate Internship Faculty Liaison (pdf – 208 kb) and receive approval for your internship experience in advance. This typically includes enrolling in an academic course to earn credit (course varies by department), completing an Internship Agreement Form (paperwork varies by department) and other assignments such as keeping a work hours log and evaluations along the way.
If you have specific questions about internships in your area of interest, contact one of our CCE staff for assistance. We can help you locate internships to apply for, prepare internship résumés and cover letters, make suggestions for references, and point you in the right direction if you want to receive academic credit for your experience.
To start your internship search, utilize Winthrop’s online jobsite, EAGLElink. As a Winthrop student, you automatically have an account, but if you need help logging in or forgot your password – check out our EAGLElink Guide (pdf – 367 kb) for assistance.
Learn more about the CCE Internship Program
Watch our Internship Orientation Video (below) if you have already found a site and want tips for making the most out of your experience!
Unpaid Internships: Know the Facts
Many internship opportunities are advertised as "unpaid." The Department of Labor has provided a fact sheet to help clarify whether or not an intern working in the for-profit private sector must be paid under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The fact sheet outlines 6 main criteria that must be met in order for an internship to be unpaid:
- The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
- The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
- The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
- The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
- The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
- The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for time spent in the internship.
DISCLAIMER: Job Postings (Beware of Scams/Protect your safety)
Career and Civic Engagement offers EAGLElink and the Opportunity List as a resource for employers and community partners to connect with WU students and alumni seeking volunteer experience, internships, part-time jobs, and full-time positions. Please note that the presence of job announcements on any website or listserve maintained by Career and Civic Engagement does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation by Winthrop University or CCE. We are not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions or other aspects of off-campus employment. We can't do a background check of every single posting - so make sure you spend time researching before you apply.
Scammers create positions that look legitimate; be smart and never make arrangements with an employer that involves you depositing/cashing checks or putting up your own money. If an employer EVER asks you to deposit money, send a check or buy something for them - this is a major red flag. Should an issue arise that you feel the CCE staff should be aware of, please contact us at 803/323-2141 or email@example.com. Check out our Guide to Employer Research and Scams (pdf - 391 kb) to learn more.