Internships and Experiential Learning
The Cameron School of Business encourages students to participate in internships. Internships focus on learning & provide students the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have acquired through their coursework, while gaining marketable skills through hands-on experience.
Most employers (87.2%) interviewed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) said their new hires do have internship or co-op experiences.
- Nearly 40% of interns are offered full-time jobs upon graduation
- National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)- 2013 Internship & Co-op Survey (Make sure you review the employers listed at the end of this summary!)
Internships for Academic Credit
The student, faculty & internship provider are required to fill out an experiential education internship registration form. The form can be found here: http://uncw.edu/reg/documents/Internship_form.pdf.
This should be your first step! SeaWork is UNCW's online resume and job posting system: a way for students and alumni to connect with employers for internships, and full-time and part-time jobs! Keep your profile updated and make sure your resume is posted! Employers review posted resumes. This is where you will be able to access Career Shift and Internships.com as well.
This program targets all UNCW students who are seeking or have secured an internship position (fall, spring, summer, or any specified amount of time) but are not eligible (or choose not) to receive academic credit.
Other Internship Resources
Students sign up for WayUp (always free!) and fill out their virtual profile. Meanwhile, employers create a profile and post a job (it’s free to post). Employers can be as specific or vague as they want with targeting students, so that only qualified students can see the job listing. If the job is approved, qualified students will be notified, and the matching can begin. Students can apply to the job (often through just one click, like a Common App but for job applications), and businesses can also search through our student database and invite specific students to apply.It's a match made in heaven! (Well, actually, it's made on wayup.com...) Employers will get the applicant's full contact information, and can then contact the student directly to interview or hire.
On Intern Sushi, both interns and companies create digital Profiles that bring their personalities, achievements and goals to life. Interns can apply to internships with top companies right through the site or use their Profiles as personal websites to share wherever they'd like. Companies are able to scout for talent to find the interns that best fit their available internships.
Chegg has recently partnered with the biggest internship provider to assemble one of the largest databases around. Students can access and match themselves to over 70k internships from some of the top companies in the world… and it's completely free!
- Forbes-The Best Internships For 2014
- Vault-Internship Reviews & Rankings
- Vault-Find an Internship
- Glassdoor-Top 20 Highest Rated Companies Hiring Interns Right Now
- Business Insider-The 20 Best Internships In America
- InternMatch-2014 Paid Internships
North Carolina Internship Resources
Chambers of commerce, industrial parks, and regional economic development websites are excellent resources to identify and research area businesses for potential internship or career opportunities. Below are just a few listings to get the point across!
- Charlotte, NC Chamber of Commerce-Largest Employers
- Raleigh, NC Chamber of Commerce-Member Directory
- Raleigh Chamber of Commerce-Internships
- Research Triangle Park-RTP Companies
- NC Southeastern Regional Economic Development
Government and Non-Profit Internship Resources
The following is a sample of internships for government and non-profits. Some require research and analytical skills, specifying economic majors.
- NC State Government Internship Program
- NC Department of Commerce (Resources)
- CCity of Wilmington, N.C., Internship Program
- New Hanover County, N.C. Internship Program
Throughout the U.S.
- US Chamber of Commerce
- Congressional Budget Office
- Federal Reserve Internship Program
- Federal Reserve Bank of NY
- Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
- US Public Interest Group
- Policy Internship - Tax Foundation
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Middle East Institute
- American Enterprise Summer Institute
- The New America Foundation Health Policy
- Koch Internship Program
- EPA National Center for Environmental Economics
- The White House Internships
- President's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA)
- United Negro College Fund, Inc.
- US Dept. of Commerce-Bureau of Economic Analysis
- DC Internships.org Internships in Public Policy and Economics>
- The Economist Group Internship Program
- ICPSR Summer Undergraduate Internship Program
- U.S. Congressional Research Service Intern Program
- U.S. Census Bureau Internship Program
- U.S. Dept of Labor Internship Program
- U.S. Dept of Commerce Internship Program
- Risk & Decision Science Intern Program/Army Corps of Engineers
- U.S. Department of Transportation Internships
- U.S. Department of Energy Internships
- U.S. Department of Justice Internships
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Internships
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- U.S. AID Internships