Securing an internship is an essential component of your Westfield education.
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). Talk with your advisor to learn more about departmental requirements.
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.
Find an Internship
GENERAL INTERNSHIP RESOURCES
The Career Center's online job database of full-time, part-time, internships, and community service opportunities.
LinkedIn is the world’s largest online professional network and lists a number of internship opportunities throughout the world. Get started by joining the Westfield State University Careers group!
Find paid and unpaid internship opportunities at many organizations nationwide.
Internship/job database for non-profits.
Open to all majors, but the majority of opportunities exist in Biology, Business, and Chemistry.
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Opportunity facilitates the placement of students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in clean energy through paid summer internships across the state.
SCIENCE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
SCA Internships are available throughout the year, in all conservation disciplines, and range in length from 12 to 52 weeks. All positions are expense-paid and most offer insurance and education awards.
These summer research-based experiences provide compensation, housing and valuable resume building experiences throughout the country.
See also Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center above. Additional summer research opportunities are available with the National Institute on Health, Health Career Connection, University of California - San Francisco Summer Research Program, and Berkley's Research Programs and Scholarships.
USAJOBS connects job and internship seekers with federal employment opportunities across the United States and around the world.
Through the Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) program, students can work on projects remotely that advance the work of government on multiple fronts. The VSFS vacancy announcement is open July 1 – 31 on the USAJOBS.gov website (search for “VSFS” or “Virtual Student Federal Service”).
Provides internships at various organizations in Washington D.C. Students must meet eligibility requirements. Scholarships available for WSU students who are Massachusetts residents with a 3.0 overall G.P.A. Contact Junior Delgado, Campus Coordinator, for complete details.
Provides information on identifying and applying to federal jobs and internships.
INTERNSHIPS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Campus to Careers connects students and recent graduates with disabilities to meaningful internships and careers, by training participating employers on proven disability recruitment strategies. To sign up, please complete the webform on their website!
DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM
The Disney College Program is temporarily on hold due to COVID-19.
Intern at Walt Disney World in Florida or Disneyland in California for a semester or year while completing your degree. Housing is included. For more information on the program, please visit disneycollegeprogram.com or speak to Giselle Frechette.
Identifying Remote Experiences
Handshake – to find remote work opportunities type “remote” in the job title, employers or keyword search bar under the Jobs tab. See also How to get a job on Handshake (FAQ).
Idealist – search hundreds of remote job listings worldwide (click on “Remote” under locations)
COVINTERN – Get connected with remote internships at top startups and companies
Indeed.com – type “remote” in the location search bar
Remote.co – flex/remote/work from home post grad, freelance, and part-time positions
JustRemote.co – contract and perm, full-time and part-time opportunities
Catchafire.org – search volunteer projects worldwide
Forage – search for virtual work experiences at top companies
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Disney Internship Program
***The Program is fully open and will be accepting applicants for Spring 2022 at the start of the fall semester!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
Academic Department Internships
Receive credit for your internship. Contact the Department Chair for more details.
Career Center Internships (For Employers)
More than 400 businesses, schools or organizations host Westfield State University students for approximately 8 to 40 hours per week, in paid or unpaid positions that relate directly to their individual academic program and career interests.
CREATING AN IN-PERSON OR VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
If you have never hosted an intern before and would like some guidance on how to effectively do this, we have created a Creating an Internship Program Guide and Designing a Virtual Internship Program Guide to help you in the process. Please don't hesitate to call us (413) 572 - 5206 with any questions or to set up a meeting to discuss this further.
INTERNSHIP CREDIT POLICY
Students can earn up to 15 college credits for their internship experiences. Students must complete 120 hours for every three credits that they receive. Most students will complete a 3 or 6 credit internship (8 hrs./week or 16 hrs./week) with many seeking paid, full-time opportunities during the summer. If a student is interested in receiving academic credit, the student will be responsible for providing the employer with the necessary paperwork.
As an Internship Site Supervisor, you will be asked to provide the student an orientation for the student to your organization's goals and the responsibilities of the position, to integrate the student's learning objectives with the job specifications, and accommodate an on-site visit by a representative from the University. Supervisors will also be asked to assess the student's performance through standard evaluation forms, which are an integral part of the student's grade. Westfield State University complies with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regarding unpaid internships.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers has identified the following criteria that internship postings must meet:
1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student's academic coursework.
5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of experience.
6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.
The Washington Center
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.