Find an Internship or a Job

Thinking about getting an internship? Wondering if it’s a good idea? Consider these facts:

  • According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, more than half of hired interns converted to full-time employees in 2015.
  • Employers begin hiring for internships about seven months before the start date.
  • Students who complete internships significantly increase their chances of being hired for full-time employment after graduation.

ACE receives postings from employers offering internships and jobs on a daily basis. All are posted on the Benedictine Virtual Career Center (BVCC) and the Illinois Small College Placement Association (ISCPA) College Central Network. Complete your registration on both to search for opportunities.

Once your registration is complete, submit a résumé for review. ACE also offers assistance with locating internship sites (Note: graduate students need to see their graduate program advisor first).

Obtaining Academic Credit

Students may choose to register and receive academic credit for their internship experience. Credit is awarded in the ratio of 1 semester credit hour per every 50 hours worked on site and may range anywhere from 2-6 semester credit hours. The maximum amount of internship credit that may be counted toward graduation requirements is 6 semester credit hours. To obtain academic credit, students are expected to:

  • Meet with your academic advisor first to discuss internship options.
  • Keep a journal of daily activities including reactions to what is being learned.
  • Submit a final research report related to the internship experience.
  • Evaluate the internship site, supervisor and experience as a whole.
  • Be evaluated by the sponsor and the faculty internship coordinator.
How to Apply for an Internship

Procedures for obtaining an internship:

  • Meet with a career advisor to review and edit your résumé and discuss internship opportunities (you can drop in during walk-in hours or call (630) 829-6041 for an appointment).
  • Search for internships online after creating an account on the BVCC and the ISCPA College Central Network.
  • Obtain the Internship Registration Form from your adviser and turn it into the Office of the Registrar.
  • Complete the Student Learning Contract and turn it in to your adviser within the first two weeks of the internship.
Qualifications of Interns

All prospective interns have completed a significant amount of coursework and have the academic foundation needed to make a positive contribution to any company or organization. To qualify for participation in Benedictine’s internship program, a student must:

  • Be enrolled with degree-or certificate seeking-status for the duration of the internship program.
  • Meet the academic requirements set forth by the sponsoring academic department.
  • Have completed 60 academic credit hours.

Know your rights as a student intern. Students should be aware of their rights. Read the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division fact sheet on Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act before applying for or accepting an internship.

Job Fairs & Campus Interviewing

Job fairs can be a great way to network with potential employers and make a great first impression that could lead to an interview, an internship or a job. Stay tuned for upcoming job and internships fairs on campus as well as the Illinois Small College Placement Association’s (ISCPA) CareerFest.

Look for announcements regarding campus interviewing opportunities on campus at BenU and at participating ISCPA schools. Campus interviewing can be an efficient and effective way to apply for jobs or internships with partnering employers.

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Student On-Campus Employment

Obtaining a part-time, on-campus job at Benedictine University can be a great way to develop professional skills and experience while earning some income. Visit for current openings on campus for undergraduate and graduate students.

You’ll see that the “job status” varies. If you aren’t sure if you have a Federal Work Study award, contact Financial Aid at (630) 829-6100 or visit their office in the Lownik Enrollment Services Center.

If you are interested in working for a department or office on campus that is not listed on the current openings page, contact that department and ask if they have available opportunities.

It is always a good idea to have an updated résumé ready to go before you contact a hiring manager. Drop by during our walk-in hours to work with an ACE representative on revising your résumé. You can reach us at (630) 829-6041.

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For additional information, contact or (630) 829-6041.