Internship Programs

More than 400 businesses, schools or organizations have one or more Westfield State students on their part-time staff during the academic year. Westfield State University offers several options for students to gain experience in professional environments.


Internships are short-term, paid or unpaid opportunities in a company or organization.  Internships provide great opportunities for developing professional contacts, applying classroom knowledge in the workplace, and exploring your career options.  Upper level students in good academic standing and who meet departmental requirements can receive up to 15 academic credits in their major (max. credit hours vary by department).  Students work closely with faculty internship coordinators to design individual experiential opportunities.  Talk with your advisor to learn more about departmental requirements. 


The Washington Center provides challenging internships at corporations, embassies, volunteer organizations, cultural and scientific organizations, law and lobbying firms, trade associations, major media headquarters, the federal government, and congressional offices in the nation's capital to qualified students.  In addition to the internship, students also benefit from academic seminars and leadership forums led by distinguished speakers including cabinet members, members of Congress, ambassadors and many others. General elective or major credits can also be awarded.  Contact Maureen McCartney, WSU Campus liaison for additional information.  (413-572-8801) or


The Disney College Program is a one-of-a-kind work/study plan that allows you to gain real-world experience in the professional world while expanding your education and planning for your future. We're looking for those exceptional students who have genuine enthusiasm for their professional futures and who love to make people smile. In addition, participants will enjoy special Disney benefits such as free theme park admission and a variety of discounts. It is an amazing internship like no other and at the most magical company in the world.  For more information, contact Giselle Frechette (413-572-5206 or

Fast Facts about Internships

  • Students in good academic standing and who meet departmental requirements can earn up to 15 academic credits combined of practicum or internship experiences.
  • Most companies use their internship programs to assess and recruit potential new hires.
  • National research has shown that employers hire more than 50% of their interns after graduation.