Many students recall their internship as a defining college experience. An Internship is an opportunity to “put it all together” and apply years of classroom learning to a real world experience. The challenges and successes enjoyed through the internship course often provide a sharp focus for a student’s plans following graduation.
Plymouth State students should consider an internship for the following reasons:
- to develop more skills and learn more about their field
- clarify their occupational preference
- grow personally and professionally
- acquire valuable networking contacts in the field
- add “real world” experience to their resume
- gain letters of recommendation from their internship supervisors
- increase employment opportunities following graduation
The Center for Business & Community Partnerships partners with Business, Communication Studies, Education, English Writing, Environmental Planning, Geography, Graphic Design, Interdisciplinary Studies, Music, Theatre, and Dance, and the Women’s Studies Council to provide credit-bearing, experiential courses for their students. Students in these disciplines should contact the Internship coordinator located in the Center for Student Success for information on how to acquire an internship at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You need to see your academic department coordinator or academic advisor within your discipline to complete the Intent to Intern form.
You must bring these forms with you to your meeting with the Internship Coordinator.
The Internship Coordinator reviews internship sites for students, determines the academic goals with the student, and then prepares students to interview at the site. The Center has a history of developing high-quality internships locally, regionally, nationally and even internationally.
The Morgridge Family Scholarship is a stipend that is bestowed bi-annually to Plymouth State University students planning to support the costs of a credit bearing internship in the tradition of experiential learning. There are basic costs associated with an internship that can be prohibitive for students of modest financial means. The purpose of the Morgridge Family Scholarship Fund is to grant stipend(s) or honorarium(s) to qualified Plymouth State University students to ease their financial burden.
The recipient(s) may use the funds for any costs related to his or her internship: for travel expenses, lodging, clothing, meals, materials, etc. The $500 award is funded from an endowment established at Plymouth State University by John D. (‘85) and Carrie Morgridge.
How To Apply
To be considered for this award, a student must complete all sections of the Application Form, provide a resume, and write an essay of no more than 500 words outlining his or her internship plans explaining how his or her participation, goals, and objectives illustrate a similar spirit, enthusiasm, and willingness to expand oneself with new challenges and exciting opportunities much the same way that John Morgridge did as a student here at Plymouth State University. The essay should illustrate how the award money will facilitate those plans, and should indicate the ways in which the internship experience will benefit the student, the site, and the Plymouth State community.
Application form, essay, and resume must be submitted to the Internship Coordinator, located in Mary Lyon Hall #034 (Garden Level) no later than May 1 for summer/fall internships and December 1 for winter/spring internships each year. The recipient(s) will be announced by mid-May and mid-December respectively.