What is an Internship/Externship?
An internship/externship is an academic program which allows you to apply classroom theories and skills in a real work experience. Internship/externship is credit bearing and is supervised by faculty, and provides on-the-job experiences which are invaluable in preparing students for professional employment after graduation.
What is the difference between an Internship and an Externship?
Nothing! Externship is the term the Culinary Arts Program uses instead of Internship.
Will I earn college credit for participating?
Internships/externships are credit bearing. You may earn 1-6 credits for an internship, depending upon your major and the number of hours and terms you work. Internship credit may be transferable to the majority of 4-years schools. You pay tuition as you would for other courses. Interns are monitored by a faculty member and a Career Services Representative. You must fulfill all course requirements as assigned by faculty and will be graded by faculty. Employers are expected to complete evaluations on student interns during the semester.
Why should I participate?
- You’ll have three times more success in finding employment in your field of study after graduation than students who don’t.
- You’ll have the chance to apply the skills and theories you’ve learned in the classroom, to explore a career field, and to make important contacts in a diversified workplace.
- It can help you finance your education.
- You’ll increase confidence and improve academic performance.
- And, build your resume!
Who is eligible?
If you are interested in participating in an Internship/Externship (credit) you must meet program eligibility. All students must:
- Be Matriculated
- Have completed the number of courses and credits in your major required by the department
- Have the approval of an instructor and Career Services representative.
The internship/externship experience requires completion of learning objectives, an employer evaluation, and an evaluation meeting with a Career Services representative.
Will I be paid? How much?
While most work experiences pay competitive salaries, salaries for internships vary. Some internships are unpaid. All internships provide valuable learning situations in a work environment. It is helpful to remember that often your greatest “pay” will be in experience gained and contacts made.
How many hours must I work?
Depending on the number of credits you are earning, the work week could range from 5 hrs/week for 1 credit, to 15 hrs/week for 3 credits over a 15 week semester. There are exceptions to this under special circumstances, so check with your Career Services Representative about this.
What if I already have a job related to my major?
Check with the Career Services office to find out how you can qualify using your current job.
Where can I do an Internship/Externship?
There are many opportunities for you to complete an internship/externship in businesses across the county and the state. Previous students have completed internships with leading television stations, publishing companies, county courthouses, the State Police, accounting firms, Disney College program, etc.
Most career and transfer programs offer an internship/externship option. Contact Career Services for more information about where you can complete an internship!
Useful Internships Websites
Career Services • MAC Building, Room 105 • Brookdale Community College • 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738 • P: 732-224-2792 • firstname.lastname@example.org