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Internship Guide

Information for all stages of the Internship process: before, during, and after

Goals & Objectives of the Internship Experience

Internships provide an excellent opportunity for you to gain experience in your field, to determine if you have an interest in a particular career, and to create a network of contacts.

After satisfactory completion of an academic program, the successful graduate will:

  1. Meet entry-level requirements for the concentration area for which she has studied.
  2. Be able to plan and complete projects. This includes the ability to identify and solve issues by applying professional standards. The individual must also be able to write, edit, and revise effective messages.
  3. Be able to effectively deliver (in individual and group presentations) a proposal using appropriate research, organization, media, and public-speaking skills.
  4. Satisfactorily complete minimum required hours of on-the-job internship experience.
  5. Demonstrate professionalism in dress and demeanor.
  6. Develop and present a professional final paper, resume, and/or portfolio.


For some students, the internship experience could lead to a job offer.  For other students, completing an internship in a particular area of their field helps them realize that is NOT the type of position they want to pursue.  Either outcome, or the many outcomes in between, can still be a successful and helpful experience.

The most important goal/objective of the Internship at Central Penn is for students to learn more about their chosen field and possible career paths.