The internship timeline varies greatly from student-to-student, based on some key details which relate to your personality.

Find which best describes you from the options below. This will help you in planning how to incorporate an internship into your career readiness pathway.

I have declared my major and know what career field I would like to pursue...

Do any of these describe you?

  • I know what I want to major in and I already have a list of goals I want to achieve for my career
  • I am ready to build career orientated experiences as soon as possible
  • I would like to explore my career options within my major (if time allows) to see what it was available to me once I graduate.

You know where you’re going and you have a plan! An internship will help you be prepared and reach your goals.

To learn more about possible internship opportunities visit Career Development and Student Success on the 2nd floor of the Springs Student Center. Or contact Ms. Lynn Downie at  ldownie@presby.edu or 864-833-8381 with any questions.

I declared my major, but I'm not sure where to go from there...

Do any of these describe you?

  • I have a major, but I’ve changed it a few times
  • I have a lot of different interests and strengths
  • I get good grades, but I’m not sure how it will translate to a career
  • I like trying new things

Exploration during college is very common – you’re not alone! Finding the support and tools you need for this exploration is critical, and the Career Development Center can help. 

To learn more about majors, careers, and possible internship opportunities visit Career Development and Student Success on the 2nd floor of the Springs Student Center. Or contact us at careerservices@presby.edu with any questions.

I'm still undecided and I don't know where to start...

Do any of these describe you?

  • I haven’t decided on a major
  • I’m unsure of what I want to do after college
  • I need some guidance on what I should do

College is a new experience for most and you may have some questions. That’s okay! We are here to help you explore those questions so that you can build a pathway for your future. 

To learn more about majors, careers, and possible internship opportunities visit Career Development and Student Success on the 2nd floor of the Springs Student Center. Or contact us at careerservices@presby.edu with any questions.

  • Meet with the Internship program coordinator at the earliest possible date.
  • Work with the Career staff to build the appropriate professional skillset and job search skills ahead of time.
  • Find a faculty member who will serve as your intern advisor.
  • Start work on your resume early in your academic career so that it is available if an opportunity arises unexpectedly – being READY when a job is available is important in internships as well as in a full-time search.
  • In order for you to use your internship for the graduation requirement, it MUST be registered BEFORE you complete it – the deadline for each grading period is the same as for all class registrations, but it takes MUCH longer to set up an internship than it does to sign up for a class. At a minimum, give yourself several weeks of planning time; preferably allow an entire semester to plan!

What year should I do the internship?

This depends on the needs of each individual student.

How do I find internships?

There are three ways you can find an internship. You can get assistance from the Career Development Office, search on your own, or get assistance from members of the faculty.

How long does it take to find an internship?

This timeframe can vary. To be safe, you should plan a full semester in advance.

What steps will my employer require from me as part of the hiring process?

Some employers set very minimal requirements. Most employers will ask for a resume, cover letter, and a phone or in-person interview to determine if it’s the right fit for both parties.

A list of additional requirements (this usually depends on the employer and the industry):

  • Criminal background check
  • Credit check
  • Immunization records
  • TB tests (annually)
  • Written tests on employer materials

I’m an education major, how does the internship requirement relate to my program of study?

Your practicums fulfill the requirement. If you would like experience in a specific area, for example, speech pathology, you may opt to do additional internships outside education.

I’ve heard that summer internships cost more. Is that true?

Summer internships which are completed for academic credit are registered as summer school coursework and are charged summer school tuition (per credit hour). Internships completed for credit during fall or spring term are part of the regular course load.

How will I fit the internship work hours into a spring or fall semester?

Each credit hour requires 42 hours of work, which is 3 hours per week over a 14 week semester (per credit hour).

How will an athlete have time to do an internship with practices during office hours?

Each credit hour requires 42 hours of work, which is 3 hours per week over a 14 week semester (per credit hour). Some athletes find it easier to take a lighter course load plus the internship during the sports season. Others prefer doing the internship during the off season.

The employer or field I’m interested in doesn’t seem to be available in the PC community.

Discuss your career goals with a member of the Career Development staff to see what options are available. Non-local internship options are possible, both in the summer and during the academic year. A local, complementary experience can be considered to help develop skills needed for the primary field of interest.

I have a job in the field and don’t want to quit to take an unpaid internship.

As long as learning objectives can be developed for the experience and relate to your academic field, you will probably be able to make arrangements to use your job as an internship. In fact, the ideal internship is a paid experience, but these are sometimes hard to find.

However, credit may NOT be earned for work previously completed.