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Internships are temporary positions with organizations, businesses, or departments that are designed to provide on-the-job training and skill building within the student's field of study. Students can earn academic credit by completing an internship, and in some cases they are paid for the work and projects they complete. Studies have shown that internships are not only valuable to educational experiences, but they also provide a foundation of knowledge which can aid in future employment. Furthermore, participating in an internship ultimately provides an opportunity to apply what is learned in the classroom to real-world situations.

Earning Academic Credit for Internships

Students may earn academic credit by completing a paid or unpaid internship. In order to earn academic credit for an internship, students must contact the internship coordinator within their discipline to coordinate the process and enroll in the internship.

Finding Internship Opportunities

Students can learn about internship opportunities by: 

  • Contacting the internship coordinator within their discipline
  • Utilizing the CMU Career Services Center
  • Registering for and using Handshake, an online resource that helps connect CMU students with organization or business for jobs and internships
  • Approaching the organization or business with whom they want to intern directly

Using Handshake for Internships

Once you have secured an internship, please meet with your faculty internship coordinator within your respective academic department (see below for list fo Faculty Internship Coordinators). 

Now that you have met with your faculty internship coordinator, you will need to request your internship via Handshake in order to properly document that you are conducting an academic internship at CMU. 

Information for Organizations, Businesses and Departments Seeking Interns

If you are an organization or business looking for the opportunity to shape the next generation of professionals, please contact the appropriate department internship coordinator below and/or CMU Career Services. Career Services can work to connect you with students through e-mails and through notifications on Handshake, our online platform that connects businesses with students. Once you have registered on Handshake, you can post internships and jobs on the platform to recruit CMU students.

For employer guidelines regarding internships, please see our Internship Information for Companies handout.

Faculty Internship Coordinator Important Information

Faculty Internship Coordinator Handshake Video Guide

Administrative Assistant Handshake Video Guide

Forms for Faculty Internship Coordinators:

CMU Internship Criteria Form (submit every semester)

CMU Internship Agreement

CMU Internship Learning Outcomes

CMU Course Liability Waiver

Internship contact information

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