Why do an internship?
- Helps you "test drive" your career.
- Builds your skills and experience and enhance your resume.
- Allows you to determine what you like and don't like in a given industry.
- Provides chances to network.
- Makes you much more marketable to employers.
- Can even lead to a job offer.
How do I get started?
- Each department has its own set of requirements regarding internships--start with your department regarding the academic component
- Take time to review the Career Guide internships section.
- Utilize RAMTRACK to search for hundreds of internship opportunities
- Come meet with us to discuss your ideas
- If you would like to complete an internship for-credit, please first contact your advisor in your academic department before meeting with the internship coordinator.
- Check out the requirements for employers.
Best internship practices from the National Association of Colleges and Employers:
- The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
- The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
- The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
- There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
- There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
- There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
- There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC)
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminar provides experiential education opportunities to students of the Massachusetts public state university system. The Center uses the resources of the nation's capital to provide high-quality learning experiences to enhance student's academic, civic, and professional development, and in this way, seeks to promote future leadership for the public, private, and non-profit sectors of society. The Washington Center's internship placements include positions in government offices, communication organizations, law firms, trade and professional associations, human right groups, and a variety of companies and other organizations. Internships are coupled with required academic courses.
Students must meet with their academic advisor early in the process and get proper approvals.
To be eligible for a Washington Center Tuition Waiver, a student must:
- Enroll in an eligible degree program at Framingham State University; and
- Have obtained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average; and
- Meet other eligibility criteria as established by Framingham State University (see course description for INTD 495 Internship in Washington D.C. (3 Course-Credits)) and the Washington Center.
- Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts.
- Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen.
- Be in compliance with Selective Service Registration requirements.
- Not be in default of any federal or state loan or owe a refund on any previously received financial aid.
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress in accordance with institutional and federal standards.
- Not have received a prior bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
A waiver of tuition by the Board of Higher Education, a waiver of regular mandatory fees by Framingham State University, and a housing scholarship of $2,000 provided by the Washington Center.
Contact both the Career Services and Employer Relations office and the Office of the University Registrar for application requirements or deadlines. Application for Semester Internship in Washington, D.C. must be submitted no later than the last day of the Course Add/Drop period for the semester the experience will occur. Please check the Washington Center for any deadlines they may have.
Students interested in enrolling in INTD 494 Washington Center Course while participating in INTD 495 may request to do so by using the Independent Study form.
You can also contact the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at 617-727-9420 to obtain more information.
INTD 495 Semester Internship in Washington D.C. (Three Course Credits)
An internship program in Washington D.C. The work placements integrate practical knowledge with theory. Tailored learning experiences sponsored by the Washington Center are specific to students’ unique talents, career objectives and major, and are selected in consultation with department supervisor. Course requirements are determined by the major department chair.
Prerequisites: 2.50 GPA, permission of major department chair, and Junior standing.
INTD 494 Washington Center Course (Independent Study)
An opportunity for a student to select a special topic course offered and taught by the Washington Center. Prior approval of the topic from the student’s major department chair is required. The student supplements the in-person classes through readings, lectures, guest speakers, and site visits. Additional assignments over and above the Washington Center requirements are required by the student’s major department chair.
Prerequisites: Approved enrollment in INTD 495 Internship in Washington and permission of major department chair.
Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program is a workforce development initiative offered through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) that focuses on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in the clean energy industry. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program facilitates the placement of students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in clean energy through paid internships across the state. Consistent with MassCEC and NECEC’s role as a catalyst in growing the talent needed by the clean energy industry, the internship program is designed to provide students and companies with the tools to connect, and MassCEC will reimburse eligible companies for intern stipends.
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Internship Challenge is a workforce development program focused on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in life sciences. The program facilitates the placement of students and recent graduates, who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences, in paid internships across the state. Consistent with the Center’s role as a catalyst in growing the talent needed by the life sciences industry, the program is designed to provide students and companies with the tools to connect, and the Center will reimburse eligible companies for intern stipends.
Objectives of the Internship Challenge include expanding the pool of prospective employees who have practical experience, enhancing opportunities for mentoring, enabling more students to explore career opportunities despite the challenging economic environment, and providing to students interested in working in the life sciences a peer network through educational and informational networking events.
Internship Appropriate Workwear
The Framingham State University Suitable Solutions fund offers support for students who, because of financial hardships, are not able to purchase professional interview attire. The goal of the Suitable Solutions Program is to enable eligible students an opportunity to receive a “clothing stipend” of $50 in order to acquire professional attire for internship opportunities and job interviews.