Hart Career Center

Internships - Experience the Possibilities!

Students Speak: My Recent Internship
Internship Fair

"Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced." - John Keats

Internships offer opportunities to make your education "real" by providing practical work experience in your major field of study or career interest area.

Internships allow you to:

The Hart Career Center has compiled IWU student internships at over 600 organizations in over 200 cities and paired them with the student's major (or majors) at Illinois Wesleyan. 

Search recent internships held by IWU students.

View the Vault Guide to Top Internships-2020 Edition


Got an Internship? Tell us about it!

Congratulations on your internship! Thank you for sharing the information with our office. This helps with future internship development and allows us to be of better service to IWU students.

Submit Your Internship Report!

Frequently Asked Questions:

When should I intern?

Anytime! Students do internships over the summer and also during the academic year.  In the fall and spring semester, interns will typically work 12-15 hours a week.  Many interns will work full-time in May Term and through the summer.  Intern when you are ready; anytime from second semester of your first year to the summer after you graduate.

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Where can I intern?

Anywhere! Many local organizations offer convenient access to internships in the Bloomington-Normal area; this is a perfect option during the fall and spring semesters. However during the summer, students can intern in their hometowns, in other states, and even abroad.  Last year, over 480 students reported their internships to the Career Center. They have contributed their talents through internships in organizations throughout the United States and abroad and have had some amazing experiences. Expand the maps to see where students interned in recent years! 

Internship Maps


Not sure where students with your major intern? Check out this new search tool to learn about the internship positions IWU students have held over the past several years: IWU Internship Experiences

IWU is also affiliated with academic-year internship programs in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more about our Affiliated Programs

When should I start looking for an internship?

Now! It's never too early to start searching for possibilities! The Career Center receives internship listings continuously and most organizations accept applications on a rolling basis. Begin searching at least a semester before you'd like to intern. National deadlines for summer internships are quite early. Getting a head-start will provide you with more options.

Does the Hart Career Center find an internship for me?

No! The Hart Career Center assists you, but students and employers choose each other. No employer is assigned an intern and no student is given an internship. The internship search parallels the job search.

Are interns paid?

Sometimes! Internships can be paid or unpaid; employers determine whether or not the internship is paid. Whether paid or not, the experience you receive is a valuable form of payment for an internship.

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Can I receive academic credit for my internship?

Perhaps! Academic departments make this determination. It may be possible to receive academic credit for an internship, but many students participate for experience only. Should you desire academic credit toward your degree, check out our Academic Credit Procedures document. You'll need to work with a faculty supervisor to complete an Internship Learning Contract. If you are applying for UNIV 398 (International Supervised Internship-Non-department Associated), you also need to complete an Addendum  to provide rationale for a Global Diversity Flag.  The completed Contract (and Addendum if needed) must be turned in to the Career Center. The Career Center then notifies the Registrar to enroll you in the appropriate Internship course. If you are applying for summer credit, a Summer Enrollment Form is also required by the Registrar's Office.

Where do I begin?

With yourself! Before you start searching for an internship, you need to set some goals for yourself and evaluate what you want and need from an internship.  Ask yourself the following questions:

Once you have done some goal setting, you are ready to begin the search process.

Start here! A great place to start is at the IWU Hart Career Center. Hundreds of internship opportunities are available to you through the Career Center's Internship Program. Our program is centralized, which means no matter what your area of study, the Hart Career Center can help you to find internship opportunities. We post all of the positions we hear about on our online database, Handshake.

Are there other places to look for internships?

You bet! Here are a few other search suggestions:

How do I prepare to apply?

1. Develop a polished and error-free resume.  The Career Center staff would be happy to review your resume. Stop by during walk-in hours every Wednesday from 10 am - noon and 1:30 - 3:30 pm or schedule an appointment.
2 . Write a cover letter if needed. Many positions will ask for a letter of interest to introduce your resume.
3.  Get ready for an interview. If a company likes your resume, they will probably want to schedule an interview. Plan for interview success:

4. Follow up, follow up, follow up!

After I've found an internship, what's next?

What do I need to know about internships as an International Student?

International students at Wesleyan have had success finding internships.  Utilize the staff and resources in International Student Services , as well as Career Center information tailored to international students.

What if I still have questions or need assistance?

Schedule an appointment at the Hart Career Center through your Handshake account or stop by during walk-in hours every Wednesday from 10 am - noon and 1 - 3:30 pm. You can also call (309) 556-3071 or stop by our office to make an appointment.

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