Internships and similar hands on experiences are an essential component to your education. Completing an internship can help you learn about your interests and skills, explore potential roles and careers, and build a professional network.

Internship Search Process

Networking for Internships

International Students and Working in the U.S.

Register Your Internship for Academic Credit

Internship Funding

St. Olaf Internship Programs

These programs include elements of skill building, vocational discernment, and intentional reflection and offer the advantage of additional support from and engagement with St. Olaf staff, faculty, and alumni. Learn more about these internships.

Other Internship Resources:

Getting an Internship – Applying


Internship experience is an essential component to your education. While there are many factors that impact success in the job search, internship experience will make you a more competitive candidate and will inform your decisions in important and meaningful ways as you develop and pursue post-graduate plans.

Employers from all sectors use internships as a recruiting tool. Employers use internships to screen and groom potential full-time hires. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has conducted numerous employer surveys that demonstrate this growing trend. Employers know that you will have developed professional skills, gained hands-on experience in your field of interest, and learned how organizations operate.

Internship experience will give you a competitive edge as a full-time job or graduate school candidate. No matter the organization, having internship experience as an undergraduate student makes you a more qualified candidate in the eyes of employers’ and professional schools’. We hear this message from recruiters year after year, who feel that students with past internship experience bring more professionalism and maturity as full-time job or graduate school candidates. An internship experience also expands your professional network.

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