Completing an internship is the number one predictor of student career success. Internships provide students with real-world experiences to develop, apply, and refine their professional skills; to connect classroom learning to an employment setting; and to build their resumes and professional networks. NIU makes internship opportunities available to any student who seeks one by offering a variety of options.
Internship Courses for Academic Credit
Many majors and minors offer and even require internship completion as part of graduation requirements. Other programs encourage students to include an internship in their program for elective credit. To find out about internship opportunities in a specific major or minor, students should contact their academic advisor.
Internship Opportunities through Career Services
Career Services serves all academic majors by hosting internship fairs each semester and supporting the Huskies-Get-Hired job search database which also lists internship opportunities. Career Services can also assist NIU students who locate their own internship placements. By registering their internship with Career Services, students receive a special notation on their transcript showing they completed an internship. In addition, Career Services offers workshops and advising to assist students with planning for, securing, and completing a successful internship.
On-Campus Employment for Internship Credit
Many NIU students work in on-campus jobs that develop career-related and/or professional skills, and may be eligible for internship academic credit or a transcript notation. Students should speak with their academic advisor to determine if their on-campus job is eligible for internship credit, or with Career Services to receive a transcript notation.
NIU also offers workshops and internship fairs to assist students with planning for, securing, and completing a successful internship.