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What is an internship?

  • An internship is a method of supervised on-the-job training with intentional learning goals in an organization that corresponds to the student’s academic major and provides a system for ongoing feedback and communication.

Why is an internship important?

  • An internship allows you to…
    • integrate your classroom knowledge with on-the-job experience;
    • “test drive” a career or field of interest without having to commit long-term;
    • gain practical hands-on knowledge to be successful in your career; and
    • build your network of professionals in your field of study.

How to register for an internship

  • First, attend one of the required internship orientations in the Whitworth Career Services Office.

  • Complete the contract form (explained in the orientation), obtain the necessary signatures, and submit the completed form to Whitworth Career Services.


After you have secured an internship site and attended an Internship Orientation, please complete the following forms:

During your internship, please record your hours and tasks on the time log.

At the end of your internship, please complete the following online forms:

How to learn more about internships

Are there opportunities to do an internship outside of the United States?
Yes. Students wishing to participate in an international internship must meet with a representative of the Whitworth Off-Campus Studies Office for direction and to complete the required paperwork. Students cannot gain credit for work done in a country under a travel warning. Click here to check travel warnings. Students will be denied credit if they fail to meet with a Whitworth Off-Campus Studies Office representative before leaving on their internship experience.

Contact Internship Staff


Sandy Nowack


8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Hixson Union Building,
Second Floor