Center for Career & Professional Development

Internships & Other High Impact Experiences

Build on SU’s Paideia curriculum by taking advantage of real-world opportunities to integrate, apply, and synthesize your learning. The Office of Internships in the Center for Integrative Learning helps students access the high-impact experiences intentionally woven into the Southwestern culture. 

High-impact experiences connected to the Paideia curriculum include:

  • Internships (for credit and not-for-credit)
  • Study Abroad/Away (in approved programs)
  • Community-Engaged Learning Opportunities
  • Faculty-Mentored Research

Research shows that internship experience is the single biggest factor related to gaining employment after graduation. Through high-impact experiences, including internships, students develop 21st century career-readiness skills, such as the ability to think effectively, tackle complex and unscripted problems, view problems from multiple viewpoints, adapt, collaborate, and innovate. These skills prepare SU graduates not only for personal success, but also to contribute to their communities and the world.

Nationwide, most students graduate with at least one internship experience, and more students are graduating with multiple internship experiences. At least 60 percent of SU graduates each year report internship experience. Internships provide a great way for you to gain experience and “test the fit” of the many career options. You can narrow down your areas of interests and develop the relevant skills that employers in your field seek. 

Visit the Center for Integrative Learning to explore internships.