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Build on SU’s Paideia curriculum by taking advantage of real-world opportunities to integrate, apply, and synthesize your learning. 


Office of Internships

Center for Integrative Learning


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Office of Internships

Center for Integrative Learning

Through internships, Southwestern students can 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. 

At least 60% of SU students benefit from internship experiences, and research shows that internship experience is the single biggest factor related to gaining employment after graduation.

Internships provide a great way for you to gain experience and “test the fit” of the many career options you may consider. You can narrow down your areas of interest and develop the relevant skills that employers in your field seek. 

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Internships can take the form of academic (for credit) or experience-only internships. Often completed in the junior or senior year, an academic internship is typically more rigorous and provides academic credit toward your degree program. Experience-only internships can be completed at any time, provided you meet the requirements set forth by the organization offering the internship. Students can also receive funding to subsidize unpaid or low-paying internships through the Funded Internship Program.  

The best first step is to get in touch with the Office of Internships to learn more - click the link below to get started!

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Internships News

Video: Why Internships Matter

Karim Clarke ’26 shares his eye-opening Houston Methodist Research Institute internship journey.


Video: Southwestern Student Interns in Cutting-Edge Cancer Research Lab

Natasha Ndele ’24 spent her summer researching bladder cancer at the Houston Methodist Research Institute.  


A Transformative Summer Internship

Two students excel at Grupo Salinas and secure promising future opportunities.