• Did you know the number one secret to getting the first professional job is to complete an INTERNSHIP?

    Every year 65-70% of undergraduate students complete at least ONE internship. Over 60% of those internships convert to full-time job offers (National Association of Colleges and Employers, 2011).

    Internship/Professional Experience at Seattle University

    Career Services, in collaboration with Seattle University's Academic Partners, recommend that students, staff, faculty, alumni and employers utilize the following definition of internships/professional experiences and adhere to the criteria listed below.

    Definition of Internship/Professional Experience

    An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.


    • The experience must provide an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom; there are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student's academic coursework.
    • The experience is outcomes-oriented (has a defined beginning and end), and a position description with desired qualifications.
    • There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
    • There is routine feedback/evaluation provided by the experienced supervisor.
    • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

    Developed based on the Position Statement on U.S Internshipsproduced by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, July 2011

    School/College Internship and Professional Experience Directory

    School/College Professional Experience Designation Relevant websites Contact Name
    Albers School of Business and Economics Internships Megan Spaulding & Susan Weihrich
    College of Arts & Sciences Internships Kate Elias
    College of Education Field Experiences, Internships, Practica Educator Career Services
    Clinical Coursework
    Beverely Silver Van Hutton

    College of Nursing

    Clinical Placements

    Clinical Coursework:

    Anne Hirsch
    College of Science and Engineering Internships, Undergraduate Research

    Project Center
    Diagnostic Ultrasound clinical internship
    Chemistry undergraduate research and senior synthesis projects

    Jean Jacoby
    Matteo Ricci College Internships, Field Experiences, Practica Nancy Bush
    School of Law Judicial Clerkships, Externships, Internships Shawn Lipton
    School of Theology and Ministry Contextual Education Richard Cunningham