Every undergraduate IST student is required to complete at least one internship for credit in order to graduate. Many students complete multiple internships before leaving campus, and most receive a job offer from one of their internship providers. Through internships, you can test-drive a particular set of job duties, a company, or a career path to see if it truly suits your interests and skills.
The Office of Career Solutions and Corporate Engagement coordinates the college's internship requirement and provides resources to help you connect with the more than 300 organizations that recruit IST students–including Corporate Associates–but it is your responsibility to ensure you are meeting the requirements of the program. Review the resources below to begin your journey and connect with a career counselor to make the most of your internship experience.
Special notes for students graduating in August 2021, December 2021, or May 2022
We understand that students are facing unique challenges to finding an internship. To assist you in your search for internships, students need to be proactive in helping the Office of Career Solutions to help you. Please complete all of the following steps if you are planning to graduate in August 2021, December 2021, or May 2022 and still need to complete the internship requirement.
- Create/update your resume
- Upload resume into Nittany Lion Careers
- Complete HELP US HELP YOU Survey
- Schedule an appointment with a career coach in the College of IST through Starfish
You can find additional information on the internship options on the COVID resource page.
- Internship Approval and Registration
- Enrollment Verification
- Internship Grading
- Funding and Housing Resources
- Affiliation Agreements
- World Campus Students
- Credit by Portfolio
- Internship Program FAQs
Benefits of an Internship
- Explore Your Career Opportunities. An internship helps you focus and evaluate your academic and career choices. It helps you evaluate if you're focusing on the right areas of your education and if a line of work is something you'd like to pursue as a career.
- Develop Yourself Professionally. An internship helps you polish the skills it takes to succeed in the workplace. You also learn the value of networking and how to search for a job.
- Enhance Your Maturity and Self-Confidence. Experience what it means to be a professional. Know how to get a job done and done well. Get a handle on what it takes to take care of personal business for professional success–relocation, housing, transportation, and financial obligations.
- Improve Your Marketability. Build a solid resume with hard evidence of successful work experience. Broaden your skills. Get the knowledge you need to convince an employer that you are the candidate of choice.
- Further Your Education. An internship gives you the opportunity to gain and practice important technical skills in the real-world work environment while you improve your oral and written capabilities. You can earn academic credit and, most often, a paycheck.