Internships, Co-ops, & More
Internships provide students the opportunity to gain professional level experience while testing out career options and building skills\ experience to be marketable for future employment and graduate school. Internships may also offer compensation and the chance to earn credit through internship or co-op courses offered at Rutgers which enhance the experience by promoting reflection and connections between academic and professional work.
Internships have become vital in helping students gain the essential skills and experience they need to obtain full-time opportunities after graduating. In 2013, 85% of Rutgers students who completed an internship had 2 or more job offers after graduation. To reach this goal, University Career Services encourages students to start early and become “Internship Ready” by their junior year in college. During your first and sophomore years, begin gaining experience and building your resume. Review the Getting Involved link and the 4 Year Career Action Plan to help you individualize your plan. If you are ready for an internship, review the Internship Search Strategies and the Make an Impact at Your Internship section to help you stand out at your internship. You can also review the internship and co-op course options to earn credit for your work experience and learn about the Rutgers Internship Excellence Awards which highlight students and the valuable contributions they make to their internship sites. Review the awards eligibility to see if you qualify.