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Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths. Internships also give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. CP&R uses the definition of internship provided by the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE):

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.

Getting Started

Internships may be offered as paid or unpaid, part- or full-time opportunities typically between 10 weeks to a year.  In some cases, you can petition to enroll for internship credit or apply for an internship grant or funding.

Conduct a self-assessment as you begin your internship search.  Consider what field you’d like to learn more about, when you’re available, and what transportation options you have.  Where do you want to work?  What are your housing options and financial obligations?


An internship search can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months.  Prepare to network, review websites, and research opportunities on an ongoing basis, and expect to apply to many internship postings to find the one that fits.

Researching Internships

There are a number of ways to find an internship. Being able to answer the questions above will help you develop a targeted search strategy.

Search ClaremontConnect and other Internship Websites offered through CP&R.
Review internship directories available in the CP&R library (available for check-out!)
Ask for leads from your network; conduct informational interviews.
Research employers.
Meet with a career counselor to develop an individualized plan.
Review a sample list of internships students have done recently.

Student Responsibility Agreement

The student responsibility agreement constitutes an agreement between you and the career centers of the Claremont Colleges. Please review the rules, regulations, and policies in regards to your use of the College's online recruiting system (ClaremontConnect).

Academic Credit

You may receive academic credit for your internship. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information.