Benefits of an Internship

Obtaining an internship not only makes you more marketable as a job candidate, but gives you the opportunity to gain greater understanding about your chosen field.

How can an internship help you get ahead? Find out the lasting effects that will benefit your career:

Internship Quick Facts

  • At graduation each year, on average, over 80% of Stonehill students indicate that they have completed at least one internship-related experience prior to graduation
  • Last year, employers made full-time offers to 70.4% of their interns* 
  • Students who have multiple internships on their résumé at graduation tend to have more interviews and field more job offers than those who do not 

*Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

Completing an internship will...

  • Enhance your resume with career-related experience
  • Build networking contacts for your future job search
  • Allow you to learn more about a potential career industry or field
  • Provide you with an opportunity to apply academic learning to hands-on situations
  • Allow you to immerse yourself in a new organizational culture
  • Help you learn career-related skills such as public speaking, report-writing, and handling customers and clients
  • Polish communication skills needed in the workplace

Finding an Internship

Handshake

The Career Development Center maintains an online internship/job database, Handshake for students to search for hundreds of internship opportunities. 

Job & Internship Sites

The Career Development Center has compiled a number of other online resources for students to search for regional and national opportunities.

 

Students have the option to intern part-time or full-time based on their schedule and department approvals.  Credits are earned based on the number of hours worked each week.

  • 3 Credits 8+ hours/week (12+ for Business Majors)
  • 6 Credits 16+ hours/week (24+ for Business Majors)
  • 9 Credits 32+ hours/week

Full-Time Local Internship Program

With the approval of your academic department, you may have the opportunity to create your own a full-time local internship program, similar in structure to our internship programs away in New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles.  A sample credit structure is below.  Please speak with your faculty moderator for more information.

  • 9 Credits 32+ hours/week at a local internship
  • 3/4 Credits Academic course of your choice taken at Stonehill
  • 3 Credits Academic work under the guidance of your faculty moderator

Co-Op Program

Stonehill students have the opportunity, at their department's discretion, to participate in co-ops. Co-ops last over the course of two semesters, or 6 months.  They are full-time and many are paid, particularly those in the fields of science, operations and technology.  Students generally have more responsibility and receive more training then they would to participate in a 3-month internship.  Some co-op programs are rotational.

Who can participate: Juniors and Seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or above (exact criteria may be flexible and can be determined by the student’s academic department)

 

When will the program run?

Summer to Fall Co-Op (July – December):

Student earns no-credit or 3 credits in the summer, but earns 9 credits for work in the fall semester (ideally through the Stonehill in the City Program)

 

Spring to Summer Co-op (January – June): 

Student earns 9 credits for work in the spring (ideally through the Stonehill in the City Program), and earns no credit or 3 credits for work in the summer

 

*Students may be able to complete fall-spring co-ops at the discretion of their academic departments

 

Credit Breakdown (15 credits in total):
9 credits – 32-40 hours of work/week

3 credits – Academic work in partnership with the student’s faculty moderator

3 credits – Course of the student’s choice taken at Stonehill  

Departments that Require Internships

A number of academic departments require that students complete at least one for-credit internship to graduate.  Make sure that you are aware of your requirements from the beginning of your time at Stonehill so that you can plan accordingly.  Departments that currently require internships include:  

  • Criminology
  • Sociology
  • English
  • Graphic Design
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Political Science & International Studies
  • Health Sciences

Getting Credit for Your Internship

Students who wish to receive academic credit for their internship should follow these steps:

  • Log in to 'myHill'
  • Go to the Students/Academics page
  • Click on "Apply for Programs"
  • Complete the "Apply for U.S. Internship Approval" form

Note:  All for-credit internships require faculty approval prior to the end of that semester's add/drop period. Students have the option to complete internships for credit or not-for-credit.  

Summer Internship Registration

Students may intern for up to 3 internship credits over the summer.  Two options are available: a summer-for-summer internship, and a summer-fall split internship.  For more information, go to the Registrar's webpage: https://www.stonehill.edu/summer-courses-2021/summer-internships-2021/

The following faculty members can approve an internship for academic credit:

Department Faculty
American Studies Andrea Optiz
Biochemistry Marilena Hall
Biology Magdalena James-Pederson
Business Katherine Marsland
Chemistry Louis Liotta
Communication Ron Leone
Computer Science Ralph Bravaco
Criminology Katie Currul-Dykeman, Pamela Kelley, Erica Tucker, Anamika Twyman-Goshal, Ann Marie Rocheleau, Danielle Carkin-Lacorazza
Digital Media Production Ron Leone
Economics Hossein Kazemi
Education Karen Anderson, Margaret Pierce, Eunmi Yang, Kathleen McNamara
English Barbara Estrin, Jared Green, Wendy Peek, George Piggford
Environmental Studies Susan Mooney, Bridget Meigs
Foreign Languages: French, Italian, Spanish Jose Martinez
Gender Studies Wendy Chapman-Peek
Graphic Design Cristy Morgan
Health Sciences Jacqueline Beatty
Psychology Pamela Naab
Sociology Christopher Wetzel

 

A number of resources are available to assist students in offsetting the costs associated with internships.

Funds Available:

Student Opportunity Awards

Who is eligible: Students participating in high-impact learning experiences including local, domestic and international internships.

How much? Awards range from approximately $100-$300.

Timeline: Applications are reviewed monthly throughout the academic year.

Application: Apply through the SOA webpage: https://www.stonehill.edu/offices-and-services/academic-achievement/student-opportunity-award/

Through the generous support of donors of the College, funds are available to subsidize the costs associated with the participating in a wide range of high-impact learning activities, such as but not limited to:  local, domestic and international internships, study abroad, faculty- or staff-mentored research or creative projects, attendance at conferences, meetings, and workshops to present on work done or for professional development purposes, HOPE service immersions, travel LCs, etc.; there is no set award amount. Applications are reviewed monthly throughout the academic year.

For more information, and to apply, click here. 

The James E. Hayden '76 Business Internship Fund

Who is eligible:  Business majors participating in New York City, Washington DC, and Los Angeles internship programs

How Much? 2 $500 Awards available each semester

Timeline: Awarded during the fall and spring semesters

Application: Application is distributed to NYC, Washington DC, and LA interns after the start of the program

Established in 2014 by Elizabeth G. Hayden ’76, in memory of her husband James E. Hayden ’76, who passed away on September 11, 2001.

The purpose of this fund is to provide financial assistance to students for expenses associated with participating in unpaid internships.  Recipients can be of any class year and preference is given to business majors with a GPA over 3.0, especially those participating in internships in NYC, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

The Patricia A. Prue '81 Business Internship Fund

Who is eligible: Business majors participating in New York City, Washington DC, and Los Angeles internship programs

How Much? 2 $750 Awards available each semester

Timeline: Awarded during the fall and spring semesters

Application: Application is distributed to NYC, Washington DC, and LA interns after the start of the program

Patty Prue ’81 is a member of the Board of Trustees at Stonehill and her goal is to encourage business students to participate in transformative experiences away from campus. Her hope is that these funds would make this possible for a student with financial need.