A recent Chronicle of Higher Education survey found that employers rate internships as the #1 attribute in evaluating graduates for hire. Our goal at Agnes Scott is that every student will have at least one, if not more, meaningful internship experiences. Internships provide a venue for students to learn about their strengths, interests and career opportunities. When coupled with the academic component of readings and for-credit coursework, students deepen their knowledge of their area of study.
Students are encouraged to explore internship opportunities through a variety of informational events:
- Our August, Taste of Summer event showcases student internship, mentored research and study abroad experiences.
- In September, students are encouraged to talk with employers who visit campus for our Non-profit and Public Service Fair
- Throughout the year, recruiters hold information sessions and conduct interviews with interested students
Students are encouraged to talk to their advisors and the Internship Coordinator to determine whether to pursue an internship for academic credit. For juniors and seniors, internship courses and independent internship studies are available to deepen the learning experience of an internship. Students should contact the Internship Coordinator, Tomeka Stephens, to learn more about options for internship credit.
Funding for Internships
Agnes Scott has several programs that provide funding for unpaid or minimally paid internships. Information sessions for these programs are held in the fall. Interested students should contact Tomeka Stephens for more information.
- The Kemper Scholars program selects one first-year student each year for a three-summer experience that includes a paid internship after the sophomore and juniors years. Interested first year students should attend the Information Session in November to learn about the winter application process.
- Advantage Awards are available via application in the spring for students to receive funding to offset travel and living expenses associated with a summer internship.
- The Hubert Scholars program provides funding for a public service internship that the student self-designs with a Public Service organization.
- The Bevier Awards program selects approximately (6) high-achieving students to participate in paid summer internships in a variety of Public Health organizations.
Hiring organizations and graduate/professional schools hold open information session throughout the academic year. These sessions give students the opportunity to learn about the organization and to ask questions in a more informal setting.
Watch News and Events and follow the Office of Internship and Career Development on social media for upcoming Information Sessions.
Students have access to the highly engaged Agnes Scott alumnae network. Meaningful Work Career Panels, informational interviews and Career Treks are some of the ways that alumnae share their stories and professional insight freely with students. Alumnae frequently visit the Office of Internship and Career Development to help students with resumes, practice interviews or to recruit interns and new employees for their companies and organizations. Students are encouraged to proactively seek out Alumnae Engagement throughout their four years at Agnes Scott.