What is an Internship?
An internship is a short-term, entry-level work experience offered by an organization. Internships can range anywhere from 10 - 40 hours per week and can last anywhere from 4 - 12 weeks.
Internships provide important opportunities to:
- Discover if a career field is a good fit for you
- Gain skills applicable to your future career
- Engage in projects that you can talk about on resumes, cover letters, and interviews
- Build connections with people who can serve as mentors for working in their fields
Internship Search Process & Timeline
Step 1: Explore your interests
Step 2: Identify your search criteria and potential sites
Step 3: Outreach
Step 4: Search for internships
Step 5: Apply
Step 6: Interview
Step 7: Accept internship and apply for funding
Gain Credit for Your Internship
Your internship can count for your practical experience requirement if you register for Environ 398 and participate in the MILE program.
If you have a FAFSA on file with U-M, you can apply for the LSA Internship Scholarship, which offers award amounts from $500 to $7,500 to cover your living expenses while participating in an internship. The application is open from Jan 1 - May 24. It is best to apply as soon as you accept an internship application.
You can also apply for PitE Practical Experience Funding. For a spring or summer internship, you will need to apply for Practical Experience funding by the end of March.
Previous PitE Student Internship Sites