Liberty University Experiential Education
Internships & Experience
Both experience and education are vital aspects of job searching. Most job descriptions require practical work experience and skills in a given career field of interest. Usually the job description will have a requirement that says something like this, “Job requires 2-3 years of work related experience in the field of sales.” When a student has carefully and conscientiously gone through an internship, this can be used as the highlighting point of their resume to state that they have the work related experience.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) conducts substantial annual research reports on the following benefits of completing an internship: increased salary after graduation, increased probability of being hired, development of job skills, decreased amount of time in the job search, etc.
The following opportunities are ways to educate oneself on a particular field of interest and become more employable along the way with applicable experience.
For Credit Internships
An Internship Experience connnects the instructions in the classroom to the reality of the workplace. Internships are often a one-time experience related to the students field of study.
Internships denoted by the 499 course number are "for credit." Many majors require an internship experience before graduation and almost all allow a 499 course to count as an upper level elective.
Internships denoted by the 299 course number are "zero credit" and may be used for work authorization as a registered university internship program. Email for info...
The Washington Fellowship - Internship Program
This Program provides students from all majors and programs with excellent internship opportunities in and around the nation’s capital. Students are taught hands-on professional job preparation skills prior to going to Washington during an academic semester. This program seeks to prepare Christ-centered students for community, civic and cultural leadership. Learn more...
All questions on internships must be directed to the Faculty Intern Advisor for each specific major.
Opportunities for Career Exploration
Find someone to shadow for a defined, brief amount of time to see what really happens in a field of interest. Celebrate National Job Shadow day on February 2nd by initiating an externship experience.
Volunteer Service (CSER)
Community service work can often be the best way to connect with an organization and show passion for what they do. Use opportunities to meet others in your field by volunteering at events and connecting with people in that industry. Residential students should look for key CSER opportunities within their field of interest or where key industry skills can be learned.
What Are Employers Saying About Our Interns?
"Drew has been a delight to work with. What a breath of fresh air to have a young person come in with the ethics, values, and professionalism needed to do the job. From greeting to grooming, to writing and design, Drew is prepared for the workforce! We were so pleased with Drew's performance that we have offered hiim the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator position and look forward to having him as a permanent member of the Communications team." - Jacqui, Medical Center Health System