Internships have never been more vital to setting yourself up for success after graduation. In 2014, 95 percent of employers said internship experience was an important factor when hiring recent graduates, and more than 60 percent of companies extended full-time offers to their interns, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Completing an internship is one of three ways to gain real-world experience that fulfills your Hiram Connect experiential requirement (for students entering Fall 2015 and later). But the experience you gain will be worth much more than checking a box for your graduation requirements. Internships allow you to “try out” a company, profession or career for three months to a year. By interacting with professionals and collaborating on real projects, you’ll begin to discover how what you have been learning in the classroom translates into the real world.
Whether your internship reinforces what you thought you wanted to do, provides clarity on what you do not want to do or opens your eyes to new opportunities, you will gain valuable knowledge and insight about your future calling and life after graduation.
Register Your Internship for Connect
You must complete a minimum of 120 documented hours of the internship for it to count towards Hiram Connect, as well as:
Not For-Credit Internships
- Have your internship approved by your faculty advisor and the Office of Career and Academic Development
- Submit the Internship Learning Agreement form prior to starting the internship
- Receive a satisfactory evaluation from internship supervisor after your experience has concluded
- Submit a personal reflection assignment using the Hiram Connect writing prompt to your faculty advisor and the Office of Career and Academic Development with a satisfactory level of depth at the end of the internship; satisfactory completion of this requirement will be determined by the faculty advisor
- Share the internship experience publicly, whether on or off campus
- Follow the internship requirements outlined by academic department
- Complete a Hiram Connect Internship Learning Agreement prior to starting the internship
- Complete a personal reflection assignment designed by the department to align with the goals of Hiram Connect
For any questions regarding internships and Hiram Connect, please contact Bethani Burkhart at email@example.com.
Connecting Students to Internships
Hiram College’s Office of Career Development and Academic Development will assist you throughout the internship application and interview process.