INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

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 along with valuable professional experience. If you have any questions about internships or are interested in registering for one, please contact Matt Klundt, the Director of Engagement at matt.klundt@iw.edu

What is the importance and value of an internship?

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    Career Development

    • Opportunity to test career possibilities
    • 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
    • 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
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    Marketability – Future Job Search

    • Demonstrates your interest and motivation to pursue a particular career area
    • May lead to a permanent 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

Steps To Arrange An Internship

  1. Meet with Academic Advisor to:
    • Check progress toward degree
    • Determine type and timing of internship best suited for student
  2. Students must review the requirements for their major before arranging internship: The link to the major requires are listed at the bottom of this page.

If you still need help, please make an appointment with the Director of Career Development, Internships, and Service Learning to discuss possible internships and to review your resume. Email Matt Klundt at matt.klundt@iw.edu

Each credit hour = 40 working hours in your internship. For example, if you are doing all 6 credits, then you’ll need 240 hours.

  • Contact possible/desired site for Internship
  • Download Internship Questionnaire
  • Schedule a meeting with potential internship supervisor; please bring the Internship Questionnaire with you.
  • Before leaving the interview, confirm all questions have been answered on the questionnaire.
  • Obtain approval from faculty liaison and site supervisor
  • Submit to Career Development within a week of submitting your application: Copy of your internship application with the faculty and site supervisor signature.
  1. Career Development will do the following:
    • Send notice of registration to the Register.
    • Will register your internship into LiveText
  2. Student will receive an email from LiveText to begin internship.
  3. In LiveText you will be required to log your hour and complete your mid and final evaluation.

Note: Student may not start working before receiving email from LiveText

Frequently Asked Questions

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 to develop a strategy. Please start this process during the fall of your junior year.

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 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.

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.

Career Development

Matt Klundt
Director of Career Development, Internships, and Service Learning
matt.klundt@iw.edu
319-385-6262