What is an Internship?
An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.
Academic credit may be available for an internship depending on the student's department at UNC Asheville.
Some employers may formally offer and publicize internships through the Career Center and/or academic departments. The Career Center will post opportunities on the RockyLink job and internship posting system.
Internship opportunities are also publicized through:
Career Center's Job and Internship Search Guide
"Create Your Own" Internship
Some students will find it necessary to create their own internship by directly contacting employers of interest. "Creating" one's own internship is an especially good option for students who return to hometowns outside the Western North Carolina area. Contact the Career Center if you need assistance in preparing a resume and approaching potential internship sponsors.
Course Credit for Internships
Many academic departments offer internship programs for course credit. You may contact the department of interest to you as listed here for more information. If your major is undeclared or your department doesn't currently offer internships for course credit, you may be able to locate an internship through the Career Center. Each Spring semester, the Career Center offers a two-credit course for internships entitled HWP 257, "Internship - Exploring Career Choices." All majors, all academic levels welcome! You may view a sample syllabus here.
Testimonials from previous Career Center Internship students:
" I honestly think i'd be lost without that class. It was by far the most useful class I took at UNCA and i'm so grateful for taking it." - L. Basso, May 2011 graduate
"This course truly did help me realize what field best suited my personality and skills. I am so glad that I took it. If I had not, I would have ended up settling for a job that was not right for me."
- Danielle Reynolds, Literature major, expected graduation May 2011
"This class helped me "get my mind in gear" about what I want in a career and how to get there. I knew the basics of what I wanted but this class helped me figure out exactly what I need to do to make it a reality."
- Samantha Pope, Psychology major, expected graduation May 2011
"This course helped me understand the job hiring process and how to separate myself from other potential candidates. I learned how to create a professional portfolio which definitely help me get a job."
- Whitney Abbott, Mathematics major, Education Licensure, May 2008
"I learned how to present myself to the professional world. It was difficult for me to tout my achievements before, but now I get it. In my internship I gained so much experience! I may have been meeting future employers as well."
- Jessica Smith, post-baccalaureate student
"The in-class discussions alone were enough to help you feel confident about entering the business world. I learned more in class from the fun, creative discussions than in all my classes in all four years at UNC Asheville."
- Jennifer Bacon, Mass Communication major, May 2005
For information on this course or for assistance in finding an internship you may contact the Career Center's Internship Coordinator: Tommasanne Davis, 828.232.5099 or email@example.com
Note to Students Interns:
If students are participating in structured internship experiences either through an academic program or a department such as the Key Center or Career Center, they are eligible for general and professional liability insurance sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Insurance Agents. This is a special service available to our students on a cost per-semester basis. For health related internships, the cost is $19 a semester and all other internships are $15 per semester. Participation is strictly voluntary. Specific information for students who are interested in this program can be obtained from:
Andrea Jackson, Fixed Asset Accountant, Phillips Hall Room 212, 828.251.6560
Employers- Want to Post an Internship Opportunity?