Internships

Looking for an internship

Students should consider their own interests, academic focus and work history when looking for internships. Students are responsible for securing their own internship but are encouraged to work with the Career Center to identify their interests and possible internship matches posted in CareerLink, WUSTL’s online job and internship database system. The Career Center will also help students create and refine their resumes and cover letters. Because internships can be in any field, students should use their internship experiences as a way to identify career options and increase their professional network.

Steven Jackson, director of the Washington, D.C. Programs, is another resource for students during their internship search process. Students who have been accepted to the program are encouraged to reach out to him at sijackson@wustl.edu.

Internship plan

As part of the application process for admission to the D.C. Programs, students must work with the Career Center to develop an internship plan as part of their submissions to the Office of Overseas Programs. To begin this process, students must make an appointment with a Career Center advisor, who will sign the internship plan form to indicate an initial meeting has taken place and the internship search has begun.

Students are highly recommended to meet regularly with a Career Center Counselor until a suitable internship has been obtained. Interested students may also attend Amy Heath-Carpentier’s D.C. working group on Fridays at noon.

Internship supervision

An internship coordinator or other staff member of the internship location and the Washington, D.C. Programs director jointly supervise internships. The Washington, D.C. Programs coordinator may ask to see samples of work from the internship as well as pre-assigned journal entries about the internship experience or other assignments to monitor progress throughout the semester.

Making connections

Interning in Washington, D.C. provides students with the opportunity to make vital connections in the field of their choice. These connections can be used as part of a network for future career opportunities, letters of recommendation or for future work in the field. In addition, through their experiences in Washington, D.C., students may find connections in other related or unrelated fields for future career opportunities.

Internship concerns

In the unlikely event that a student needs to be removed from an internship site for any reason, the Washington, D.C. Programs director will work closely with the student to determine the best course of action. Students are encouraged to voice concerns about their internships to Professor Jackson, who supervises the internship process. In conjunction with Professor Jackson, a course of action relating to the internship, on-site supervisor and campus advisors will be created. Students should also work with Professor Jackson in the case serious problems arise.