Internships

Internship-Related Questions

What is an internship?

An internship is an on-site work experience that is either directly related to your major field of study or your career interest. It can be paid or unpaid, and held during the summer or throughout the academic year. Most students intern during the summer and receive payment.

What are the benefits of an internship?

An internship gives you the opportunity to:

  • Gain valuable work experience before you graduate;
  • Develop new skills and refine others;
  • Apply knowledge gained from coursework to on-the-job situations;
  • Reality-test tentative career choices;
  • Meet and work with professionals, establishing contacts for letters of reference and networking;
  • Experience new work environments;
  • Earn money.

When is a good time to start looking for a summer internship?

The Office of Career Services receives internship listings continually. Begin searching in the preceding fall semester and plan on attending the fall and spring career fairs to meet some employers that might be offering internships. Continuing your search during winter break is a good idea. Some deadlines are very early!

Can I get academic credit for my internship?

Harvey Mudd College doesn’t offer academic credit for internships. Fortunately, many of our students receive payment.

What if I am an international student?

There are different requirements for International students who wish to intern. You should see the Director of Career Services for details, and you should also consult with International Place.

What if my question isn’t answered here?

Make an appointment to meet with a Career Counselor in person. Visit ClaremontConnect to schedule an appointment.

General Questions

How can I get an internship if I have no experience?

Employers value skills developed through academic work, Clinic projects, volunteer experiences, extracurricular experiences, or other experiences which demonstrate skills useful in work. Not all of these skills are job-type specific; some of these skills are general, such as communication skills and analytical skills, and can transfer to different settings. On campus student jobs can demonstrate to employers that you have been a successful employee.

What can I do to increase my chances of finding a good internship?

In addition to looking at our job listings, diligently network with people who may have contact suggestions for you, approach employers of interest to you directly, be sure you have put your best effort into writing your resume and are prepared to handle interview questions well. Consider being more flexible if you are having difficulty. For a summer position, can you consider other geographical areas? Make an appointment with one of our Career Counselors if you need additional help with your job search.

What are some benefits of internships and student work experience?

In addition to potential wages earned, student work and internship experience is valuable for exploring fields of work which you may wish to enter after graduation. Experience develops new skills and strengthens existing skills. Work experience helps you establish professional contacts in a potential field of interest. You will be able to demonstrate work setting accomplishments in your resume.

What salary can I expect?

Salaries vary according to experience and skills required, year in school, type of position, type of employer and location. It is not unusual to find positions ranging from $15 to $45/hour and up (substantially higher for special skills and significant experience).

How many hours can I work as a student?

Most student at Harvey Mudd only intern during the summer; however, some upperclassmen might intern during the academic year. The hours during the summer can vary from full-time from May to August to part-time during the same time period. During the academic year, it isn’t recommended to work more hours than 10 to 15 hours.