Part-Time vs. Full-Time

There are a variety of internship options available to students, allowing them to cater the experience to their own schedule. Student interns have busy and non-traditional schedules, so employers are flexible in terms of making adjustments to internship schedules to accommodate for student responsibilities. When considering any internship, student’s school and life requirements must be taken into account for a proper school-work-life balance.

Part-time internships

  • 10-20 hours a week
  • Usually completed during the Fall or Spring semesters
  • Can be paid or unpaid
  • Can be for credit or non-credit
  • Advantageous for students who may already have another job or are a full time students
  • Research shows there is a significant positive effect on a student’s G.P.A. if engaged in part-time internships while at school

Full-time internships

  • 20-40+ hours a week
  • Usually completed during the Summer semesters
  • Tend to be paid
  • Can be for credit or non-credit
  • Research shows there is a negative effect on a student’s G.P.A. for those who engage in full time internships while at school

Length of Internships

Typically, the length of an internship is one semester, but there are also several opportunities for year-long internships, or in some cases, shortened internship opportunities over school breaks. The important thing to remember is that the internship search and application process happens the semester before the semester intended to start. For example, the process of a summer internships would begin during the spring semester.

Internships are very competitive no matter the length. Students should develop professional resume and cover letter writing skills, and interviewing skills in order to stand out from other applicants. Visit your Career Services Office to learn about how to start this process. (LINK TO CAREER SERVICES RESOURCES PAGE)