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Welcome to Principia College's Career Center - Where We Help You Design a Life You Love

Internship Welcome


Today, more employers than ever value internship experience over your college transcript when hiring. It’s the onsite, on-the-job training and experience that makes a difference.

Every year at least 65% of our graduating class reports they completed one or more internships. Most say they were among their most memorable experiences during their time at Principia College.

Internships enable you to:

  • Explore an industry, work environment, or organization to see if it fits with your career goals and needs
  • Apply your classroom learning to real-world situations
  • They expand your list of professional contacts
  • Fulfill an academic major requirement (in some cases)
  • Improve your job prospects after graduation

Internships can be for academic credit or not for academic credit, paid or unpaid, full or part time, in your home town or anywhere in the world.

Landing an internship is just like searching for a job and getting hired. You will most likely need to apply online, submit a resume, cover, letter, and interview.  Our career office can help you. Email to get started.   

Internships for Academic Credit

To receive academic credit for an internship, you must first check with your major advisor and find out if your major requires an internship and when. Tuition costs will apply, but you may also be able to apply financial aid. Because internships are student-initiated, you need to do some solid planning during the year prior to your intended internships. Most summer interns for between their junior and senior year, begin looking for an internship during the fall term of their junior year.

You can earn college credit and may fulfill a major requirement with an internship at an off-campus business or organization. To earn academic credit, you will complete an internship academic learning contract with your internship faculty supervisor outlining pre-approved academic assignments and additional responsibilities required during the internship.

Forms can be found on the registrar’s page here. Please let know when you begin filling out the forms.

F1 Visa Holders

If you are here on an F1 Visa, your internship must be tied to your major and it must be for academic credit which means tuition charges will apply. Once you find an internship, you will need to complete this CPT pre-check form. Check with your major advisor and then check with Roseborn Luckett, Acting Director of International Student Programs and Services. If you are planning to work off campus during the summer, you must do an internship. Please contact with questions. 

Internships Not for Credit

If you don’t need or want academic credit for an internship, that’s ok too. Our office can still help you with preparing your resume and how to search for internships. And, depending on the terms of your not-for-credit internship, you can still apply for an internship stipend. To learn more about stipends, please email

Financial Support for Internships

Limited funds are available to help off-set qualifying internship opportunities. Contact to find out more.