Internship Program

Completing an internship is a graduation requirement at Iowa Wesleyan University. Students will earn academic credits along with professional experience.

What are the benefits of an internship?

  • Apply learned knowledge in a professional setting
  • Gain experience and training in a professional environment
  • Boosts professional resume
  • Network and make professional connections
  • Determine if a career path is the right fit for you
  • Allows supervisors an opportunity to determine if you’re a prospective candidate for employment within their organization

Each credit hour = 40 working hours. For example: if you are earning 3 credits, you need 120 working hours. If you are earning 6 credits, you need 240 working hours.

Steps To Arrange An Internship

What to Discuss:

  • check progress toward your degree
  • determine the type and timing of the internship
  • review the requirements for your internship
  • find out if your academic advisor is also your internship faculty liaison; if not, set up a meeting with this person as well

Faculty Internship Liaisons:

  • Biology: Paula Vallone or Dr. William Hansen
  • Business Administration: Dr. Herb Schmidt
  • Business Experiential Learning: Dr. Herb Schmidt
  • Criminal Justice: Richard Buffington
  • Digital Media & Design/Art: Ann Klingensmith
  • Education Foundation: Dr. Cheyrl Newland
  • English: Dr. Jeff Martinek
  • Exercise Science & Wellness/PE: Lane Levine
  • Human Services: Sarah Sullivan Gomez
  • Music: Jason Edwards
  • Nursing: Dr. Mary Tobin
  • Psychology: Dr. Cyndi Walljasper or Nathan Hough
  1. Register for internship through academic advisor
  2. Contact business/company and schedule a meeting with the supervisor
  3. Download the Internship Questionnaire to take with you to the meeting with the supervisor (make sure all questions are answered as you will use this information to fill out the online internship application) Internship Questionnaire
  • Submit Online Internship Application
  • After completing the application, a HelloSign document will be created and sent to the student, the site supervisor, the faculty liaison, and to the Director of Internships and must be signed by all

Internship classes will be in Canvas (be sure to check there for course requirements/assignments)

** do not begin working/logging hours until Steps 1, 2, and 3 are complete and you are registered for the class

Frequently Asked Questions

The Office of Internships at Iowa Wesleyan University supports the mission of the institution by educating, empowering, and inspiring students to lead meaningful lives and careers with professional preparation. Internships are a key component of how our programs provide opportunities to acquire the necessary theoretical and applied knowledge, which permits students to function effectively in professional life and a changing global community. Working with practicing professionals provides students the opportunity to integrate theory with practical learning. As part of a student’s participation in the internship process, they will be evaluated in the workplace regarding the Institutional Learning Outcomes of Communication, Critical Reasoning, and Civic Engagement. While participating in experiential learning programs, students will face challenges and issues which they will continue to encounter throughout their professional careers.

Through the internship program, students will develop employment skills and gain valuable work experience in their field of study. Students will also serve and positively impact area businesses through the application of the knowledge they have learned in the classroom to a practical, experiential learning environment. Beyond the professional experience they will attain through an internship, students will also be able to enhance their professional resume and build a network of professional contacts.

Completing an internship is a graduation requirement at Iowa Wesleyan University. Students will earn a minimum of 6 hours of academic credit, 240 working hours, along with valuable professional experience.

Definitely, and these are often the most useful. Any organization in a field of interest to you is a candidate. Explore the organization, see where you might fit in best, and propose a plan to the employer. This is an area where networking with alumni could be helpful. In approaching alumni, ask for advice on how to proceed.

Community connections are also a good way to go about it: Many students develop their own internships by contacting friends and family or just by going and calling or visiting a company they are interested in learning more about. Networking has always proved to be a superior technique for finding opportunities. Who you know may be as important as what you know.

An internship is a short-term work experience with an employer in a career field of interest to you. Iowa Wesleyan University internships must be related to your major. It emphasizes learning on the job rather than earning. It provides a chance to observe the work, to gain on-the-job experience, and to learn how you like the field.

Related experience is the number one factor employers use when hiring employees. Internships can offer you actual hands-on experience in a field of interest. Internships can also help you test your skills and interests in that field. It will give you practice in some valuable job hunting skills, such as creating a resume and interviewing. Internships can also provide you with useful contacts and possibly a reference for future employment.

Make an appointment with the Director of Internships and/or your academic advisor to develop a strategy. Please start this process during the fall of your junior year.

Yes, depending on the need of the employer and if they can afford to pay you; but the key should be the value of the work experience provided. Given a choice between one which pays (with little work experience of value) and one which does not pay (and offers good, relevant experience), consider taking the unpaid internship.

They like the enthusiasm and dedication of the interns. Furthermore, for little cost, they get to preview prospective candidates for employment, and if they really like you they may offer you a job after graduation.

What is the importance and value of an internship?

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    Career Development

    • Opportunity to test career possibilities
    • May help you identify specific areas of interest you had not considered
    • Allows you to evaluate likes and dislikes that will enable you to make informed career decisions
    • Provides the opportunity to explore and clarify your major and career goals with professionals in the field, so you’ll know if the field is right for you
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    Marketability – Future Job Search

    • Demonstrates your interest and motivation to pursue a particular career area
    • May lead to a permanent, full-time job offer
    • Opportunity to develop job-specific skills relevant to your career interests
    • Assist in developing skills all employers want (i.e., teamwork, leadership, communication, problem-solving, technology)
    • Helps you collect portfolio and resume material
    • Provides you with a network of professional contacts, mentors, and references
    • Locating and securing an internship prepares you for the search for a permanent position later on (i.e. locating appropriate jobs, writing resume and cover letter, interviewing)
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    Marketability – Graduate School

    • Gives you experience to include on applications and in personal statements
    • May assist you in targeting a specialized area of concentration
    • Provides you with professional references
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    Supplements Academic Theory with Practical Training

    • Adds meaning to your academic studies by allowing you to apply theories learned in the classroom to “work” situations
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    Enhances Personal Development

    • May increase confidence
    • Aids in recognizing strengths and areas for improvement
    • Helps you become aware of the difference you can make as a productive member of society

Tiger Station Team

Nikki Gerling

Director of Career Development, Internships, and Service Learning
P.E.O Building, Lower Level, Room 113
319-385-6340

Creighten Chambers

Americorp Service Learning and Civic Engagement Partnership Coordinator
P.E.O. Building; Lower Level, Room 113
319-385-6284

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