Internships
We know internships are a valuable experience but don't take it from us. Listen to other Viterbo students:
 

Marketing Student Sees Big Future

Early on, Avery Gerstenberger landed a paid internship with a national nonprofit headquartered in La Crosse.The internship has helped him hone his marketing skills in the field, and gave him the opportunity to take business trips to Denver and Washington, D.C.

Internship a Perfect Fit for Maya Roberts

Viterbo University’s internship program is designed to develop and promote connections in the community while offering educational opportunities for students. Sometimes, as in the case of senior Maya Roberts, an internship also directly connects with a student’s passion.
 

FAQs - Getting Credit for the Internship

I got an internship offer, now what?
  1. Determine if you will take the internship for-credit or not-for-credit. Talking with your academic/program advisor is highly encouraged.
  2. Complete a Student Learning Contract, which you will fill out based on the learning outcomes for your major or college.
    1. Business Majors (ACCT, FINA, HMGT, MGMT, MKTG, SPML) 
    2. Psychology Majors (summer session only)
    3. Non-business Majors (including BUSL)
    4. Engineering Majors
  3. Report your internship in Handshake in the "Experiences" section to "request an Experience"

*Starting fall 2019, students may only begin to accrue hours toward the course after internship credits are registered for and the course has started. Internship hours may not be counted prior to the course start date.  

How many credits can I earn?

Internships are available for 0-12 credits and are dependent upon the number of hours worked. In a regular semester, you can take up to 12 credits of internship; in the summer, the maximum number of credits is nine. Some academic departments require a specific number of internship credits. Note that average hours per week varies slightly during the summer semester, which is accelerated and based on a 12 week semester as opposed to the typical 16 week semester. Students may apply up to 15-credits of internship towards graduation. 

Credits

Total Hours Required

Average Hours Per Week Fall & Spring Semester (16 weeks)

Average Hours Per Week Summer (12 weeks)

1

48

3

4

2

96

6

8

3

144

9

12

4

192

12

16

5

240

15

20

6

288

18

24

7

336

21

28

8

384

24

32

9

432

27

36

10

480

30

-

11

528

33

-

12

576

36

-

Besides the required hours, what else do I have to do to get internship credit?

To get academic credit for your internship, you will fill out a Student Learning Outcomes forms based on the learning outcomes of your major or your college, and you will complete assignments for the online internship course. Among other assignments, you will do self-evaluations, an updated resume and LinkedIn profile, attend Career Prep Series Events, and present at the Interns in Action poster session. 

Do I have to take my internship for credit?

No. "Career Exploration Internships" are not-for-credit experiences. Career Services suggests a commitment of at least 40 hours within a semester.

If you are taking your internship for-credit, be sure to check with your academic advisor so you are enrolling in the correct number of credits in the right semester. Students will not be able to register for an internship course on their own. You must report your internship using the instructions in the section above and then contact Alyssa Gostonczik and fill out additional paperwork for registration.

Do I have to pay tuition for the internship?

Internship credits cost the same as any other classes at Viterbo. Your financial aid may help cover the tuition cost. Some students elect to do an internship and not take it for academic credit. Career Services will assist you in finding an internship regardless of whether you take it for credit or not. Remember: You MUST be enrolled to receive financial aid. Take this into consideration if you are thinking about doing a summer internship as you will need to pay for a summer internship during the summer semester. Students using tuition remission pay for summer internship tuition out-of-pocket. 

Can I be paid for doing an internship?

Yes. Some internships are paid by the provider and others are unpaid. Your ability to take an internship for-credit is not hindered by payment or no-payment from the internship site. 

Dahl School of Business Students are guaranteed one paid, for-credit internship. Dahl School of Business majors considering accepting an unpaid internship must contact the internship coordinator to receive funding permission. 

Can I get internship credit with my part-time or full-time job?

The answer is "maybe." You cannot get internship credit for doing what you are already doing. You'll need to take on new responsibilities or a new project to turn your existing job into a viable site for internship credit. Talk with your employer about "special projects" you could complete for internship hours and then contact the internship coordinator

Can summer work related to my major be applied toward credit in the school year?

No. Credits must be taken during the semester in which the work is performed. Starting fall 2019, students may only begin to accrue hours after internship credits are registered for and the course has started. Internship hours may not be counted prior to the course start date.  

 

FAQs — Finding an Internship

Quick Start to Searching

There are three main pieces you will want to have before starting your internship search, and Career Services has the info to get you started on all of them: 

  1. Polished resume
  2. Complete Handshake profile
  3. Professional LinkedIn profile
Can I do an internship outside the La Crosse area?

Yes. We have had interns across the United States and in other countries.

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Viterbo partners with The Washington Center (TWC), an independent, nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. that provides challenging opportunities for students in all majors to work and learn for academic credit. 

    Viterbo students who apply and are accepted into the TWC Internship Program can register for 12-credits of internship in one semester at Viterbo (which will cover the program fees) and utilize any financial aid benefits to cover the additional housing fees. TWC will find a semester-long professional internship in the Washington, D.C. area to match your interests. In addition, you will also take an academic course and participate in their LEAD (Leadership, Engagement, Achievement & Development) Colloquium.

    Sample Internship Sites: 

    • Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    • United Way Worldwide
    • U.S. Capitol Historical Society
    • U.S. Department of Education
    • Izar Capital Group
    • S&P Global
    • Arthritis Foundation
    • Securing Water for Food
    • Institute of World Politics
    • International Rescue Committee
    • Public Defender Service for D.C
    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    For more information, visit http://www.twc.edu/  and make an appointment with the Career Services Internship Coordinator.

    Internship Housing

    Need somewhere to stay during your internship? Many colleges and universities across the county offer discounted housing for summer interns. Here are a couple of starting points. You can also look for alumni in the area or extended stay hotel or Airbnb. Some employers will also help you find housing, provide housing, or give you a living stipend so be sure to ask! 

    Where have other nursing majors interned?

    Paid summer nursing internships/externships for sophomore and junior nursing students are incredibly competitive. Applications often require a nursing resume, transcripts, and essay question responses. Pay special attention to internships that require students to register for academic credit as these will cost extra money in tuition fees. 

    Summer internship/externships start posting in fall of the prior year and close anywhere between December-March. Career Services staff encourage nursing students to have their resume reviewed by a staff member, apply to multiple opportunities, and look at internships in geographic regions outside of WI, especially if they are considering moving. This is an incomplete listing of regional opportunities. Students are encouraged to visit organizational websites and national search engines like Indeed.com. 

    Hospital Student Nurse Internships
    Illinois 
    Iowa
    Minnesota
    Wisconsin
    Summer Camp Student Nurse Opportunities
    Wisconsin
    International Nursing Internships
    Where have other non-nursing majors interned?

    Viterbo students have interned all over La Crosse, Wisconsin, the Midwest, the US, and even internationally! Some of our most popular internship sites are: (alphabetically) 

    • Advisors Management Group
    • Aptiv
    • Eagle Crest Senior Communities
    • City of La Crosse
    • Disney College Program
    • Downtown Mainstreet, Inc. 
    • ESPN Radio La Crosse
    • Family & Children's Center
    • Gundersen Health System
    • Inland
    • Jay Buckley's Baseball Tours
    • Kaplan Professional Education
    • La Crosse Area Family YMCA
    • La Crosse County
    • La Crosse Loggers
    • Mayo Clinic Health System
    • Mutual of Omaha
    • Rottinghaus, Inc. 
    • State of Wisconsin Summer Diversity Intern Program
    • Trane/Ingersoll Rand

    More information about these and other internship sites is available on Handshake or by contacting Alyssa Gostonczik. Check out our Viterbo University Intern playlist on YouTube for more internship ideas! 

    How do I find a domestic internship?

    You are responsible for finding your site; Career Services maintains a listing of possibilities. You will also want to prepare a resume.

    • For internships in the La Crosse area, use Viterbo's job and internship board, Handshake
    • For internships outside of the La Crosse area, check these sites:
      WisConnect - internships across the state
      Internships.com - internships across the country
      Indeed - internships across the country
      Vault - internships across the country
      LinkedIn - internships worldwide
    • Set up a meeting with the Internship Coordinator 
    • As your academic advisor and instructors
    • Attend career fairs and explore company websites 
    • Ask about internship possibilities when you are networking with people in your field
    • Do an online search for internships in specific communities. 
    How do I find an international internship?

    International internships are a wonderful opportunity to gain experience in a new setting. The Career Services and Study Abroad Offices work collaboratively to help students find vetted internship providers with genuine, high-impact experiences. In most cases, internships completed abroad have the option to transfer back to Viterbo for required internship or upper-division credits.

    If you are interested in an international internship, please set up a meeting with the internship coordinator in the Career Services Office. Students will also need to meet with the Study Abroad Director, and complete a study abroad application, a partner application, and student learning contract.
    International Internship Partners: 

    The popularity of micro and virtual internships have been on the rise in the last five years, but they have exploded with the on-site work limitations brought on by COVID-19. These are the most up-to-date resources we have on finding micro and virtual internships:

    Micro-internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. They usually consist of 5 to 40 hours of work, and can occur any time of year and can be remote or on-site.

    Domestic Virtual Internships are a program where the intern gains paid or unpaid experience while working in a remote professional setting and is not physically present at the job location. 

    International Virtual Internships are a program where the intern gains paid or unpaid experience while working in a remote professional setting and is not physically present at the job location.

    Please see our information on scam or fraudulent postings to keep yourself safe. Vetting virtual/remote work requires an extra level of diligence. 

    What if I'm an international student?

    International students may complete paid off-campus work that is either required by a major or provides a student with internship credit through Curricular Practical Training (CPT). CPT work must be an "integral part" of your program and be approved by Kenneth Felts. You will need to secure a letter from your internship site indicating your title, a brief description of your duties, and the start/end dates for the internship. This letter should be on company letterhead and signed by your supervisor. Your faculty advisor will also need to email Kenneth Felts indicating that the internship is required and/or you'll receive university credit that will count towards your degree completion.

    International students may also complete unpaid internships for no-credit as those do not require CPT. Note: if the internship you are considering is a position that would normally be paid, you cannot volunteer to do it on an unpaid basis. 

    For additional questions about internships, please contact the internship coordinator

     

    FAQs — Why an Internship

    What is an internship?

    "An academic internship is a form of experiential education that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. Students earn academic credit, or there is some other connection to a degree‐granting, educational institution. This work/learning arrangement is overseen by a faculty or staff member of an educational institution and by a designated employee of an organization. The internship is usually the length or equivalent of an academic term, may be part‐time or full‐time, paid or unpaid. An integral component of the experience that distinguishes it from other types of work is one or more forms of structured and deliberate reflection contained within learning agendas or objectives."  (formulated by subscribers to the Internship‐Net Listserv – May 2010)

    Who can do an internship?

    Anyone can do a no-credit internship at any time. All majors may participate in a for-credit internship provided they meet the minimum GPA requirement (minimum cumulative: 2.5) and have the approval of their academic advisor.

    Practicum and field experiences are different from internships. Students in psychology, addiction studies, nutrition & dietetics, and social work should check with their academic advisor to ensure registration for the proper course. Nursing internships are not eligible for academic credit.

    Why do an internship if I'm not required to have one for graduation?

    An internship can bridge a gap between college and the work world, allowing students to experience the roles, expectations, and behaviors of the job arena. Students learn about their strengths, interests, problem-solving skills, and abilities to deal with clients and work under pressure. Students gain experience they can note on their resumes and for application to graduate school and may gain great networking connections and professional references. Also, the national average of college graduates have done AT LEAST TWO internships before graduation! So, you should do at least one internship during your college career in order to stay competitive within the job market -- even if it is not required by your major.

    "I have learned that I can actually do this [work]. Being in school for five years, you start to question your abilities. The only experience college gives you is book knowledge. I learned that I wish I would have done at least two internships throughout my college experience. This internship has given me the confidence I need to start a new career as a new college graduate.”

    "My internship solidified my career plans. From a single marketing class I had in high school, I decided I wanted to go to college for marketing. However, I began questioning my choice at times. But, the experience I have gained through my internship has made me realize that marketing is something that I enjoy."

    "I was able to employ counseling strategies and had the opportunity to act in an emergency situation. This helped me realize that I have the skills that will make me successful in my future career." 

    "I have learned that I enjoy working in a lab and working with others who also enjoy science. Lab has a lot of troubleshooting and I enjoy being able to work out the solution to why something is not working. I also enjoy being surrounded by other scientists that are all knowledgeable and enjoy discussing science topics with me. It is a great way to expand your knowledge."

    "I was able to live in Washington D.C. and intern for one of the most influential non-profits related to my career. I have learned so much, and was also connected to many well-known nutrition research professionals who have helped me learn more about nutrition and how to start my career."

    "Even though I was at this internship for less than 150 hours, I feel that I learned much more than I would have in a classroom setting for a semester. If I had to suggest one thing for any student at Viterbo to do it would be to find internships along their way to increase not only their learning but their resume as well."

     

    For more information, contact Alyssa Gostonczik in Murphy 371, at 608-796-3829, argostonczik@viterbo.edu, or make an appointment in Starfish.

    Nathalia Duque

    Nathalia Duque on Track in Pursuit of Dreams

    Nathalia Duque's musical theatre and business management studies at Viterbo have served her well since she graduated in 2018. She is a performer at Hong Kong Disneyland, a job she landed thanks in part to an internship at Walt Disney World during her time at Viterbo.
    Jacob Lee

    Engineering Student Collaborates, Innovates

    Jacob Lee has been working on innovative engineering projects, thanks to one of his many internships. “Not only am I confident I will have the skills necessary to be an engineer, but I feel the companies that are looking at Viterbo engineers are also confident we will be prepared when we graduate.”
    Cullin Neeck pictured with Viterbo nursing student Madalyn Martin.

    Internship Turns into Career for Finance Major Cullin Neeck

    Finance major Cullin Neeck secured a job as a manufacturing data analyst well before graduation, thanks to a paid internship at Fastenal in Winona, Minn. Before starting the first semester of his senior year, the company offered him the full-time position, starting after he earns his degree.