In today’s competitive global economy it is essential that students prepare themselves to be marketable upon graduation. Internships can be an important part of a comprehensive educational and career plan. 91% of employers think that students should have between one and two internships before graduating, according to the Millennial Branding survey.

Internships provide opportunities for students to gain practical experience in supervised settings where they can explore career choices early, test classroom theory, establish professional contacts, build self-confidence, and gain a wide range of work-related skills. Employers and graduate schools examine transcripts and résumés for evidence of “experiential learning” or experience beyond the classroom.

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The College of Social Science offers internship  opportunities in a variety of settings  including  Study Away programs within the  United States.  Students will experience working  and living in unique U.S. cities such as  Washington, DC, New Orleans, Honolulu and San  Francisco while  earning  credits needed to  graduate. 

The College partners with the Office of Study  Abroad and other Colleges in offering a wide  range of opportunities to participate in  International internships in locations such as  Paris, Sydney and Cape Town.  Visit   the International Internships page for more information.

Students participating in independent internships within the U.S. that are related to their academic or career goals can earn credit in a Social Science Internship course. See the Getting Credit for Your Internship page for more information about SSC 493 course eligibility.

There are many campus resources to assist students looking for internships.  Career Services Network provides tools such as the Career Passport handbook, Career Fairs, and Handshake, a modern career development platform that is the one stop shop for students to launch their career. 

We hope that you will consider one or two of these opportunities during your undergraduate years at Michigan State University.

For more information, contact:
College of Social Science Office for Experiential Learning
221 Berkey Hall
Phone: 517-432-4541
Fax: 517-432-0928