Student Internship Information
An internship integrates practical experience with education in a structured, supervised work environment. Internships are available year-round and typically last one semester. They can be paid or unpaid; for class credit (consult academic or faculty advisor for approval) or not. Contact Career Services with any questions: 270-809-3735.
The benefits of participating in an internship are vast. When you intern, you have the opportunity to do the following:
- Enhance your resume and be more marketable for the full-time job search
- Build your professional network
- Expand understanding about your chosen industry or field
- Develop general work functions and workplace etiquette
- Gain exposure to organizational culture, latest trends, technologies and practices
- Develop transferable skills: communication, time management, report writing, customer service, etc
- CareerShift (comprehensive job search database - utilize in Career Services office)
- LinkedIn.com/Alumni (identify Murray State Alumni in areas of interest)
- LinkedIn.com/studentjobs (search for internships)
- MoneyGeek (search for internships by academic disciplines)
- Internships.com (search by major, preferred city & company)
- Idealist.org (search for nonprofit internships)
- Smithsonian Fellowships & Internships (DC)
- Southwest Air Internships
- Wolf Trap: Foundation for the Performing Arts (DC)
- ZipRecruiter (search for internships by location)
Government Job Search
- Republican National Committee Internship (rolling deadlines)
- USA Jobs (Federal Government Pathways Program)
- White House InternshipsWoodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Murray State Department Links
KY & Federal Government/Legislative Internships
Please contact Jordan Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org or 270.809.5706), Director of Governmental Relations, to pursue an internship with one of the following opportunities:
- Youth for Matt Bevin Internship Program
- KY Legislative Research Commission 2015-2016 Graduate Fellows Program (Deadline: Jan 18, 2016)
- KY State Representative Kenny Imes
- KY State Senator Stan Humphries
- US Congressman Andy Barr - 6th District
- US Congressman Brett Guthrie - 2nd District
- US Congressman Thomas Massie - 4th District
- US Congressman Hal Rogers - 5th District
- US Congressman James Comer - 1st District
- US Congressman John Yarmuth - 3rd District
- US Senator Mitch McConnell
- US Senator Rand Paul
Land Between the Lakes Intern & Apprentice Program
Land Between The Lakes’ internship and apprenticeship programs are designed to give students and recent graduates professional experience in a variety of areas including business, environmental education, history, recreation and leisure, wildlife science and safety. Internships receive a $150 weekly stipend and free housing. Apprentices receive a $200 weekly stipend and free housing. Contact them for more information about applying: 270.924.2000 or LBLInfo@fs.fed.us
Current Open Positions (as of 7/09/2018)
More information: landbetweenthelakes.us/about/employment
Academic Internship Criteria & Process
- Currently enrolled, degree-seeking at the time of appointment
- 24 credits accumulated at a college or university
- Earned at least six credits at Murray State University
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
- Under an unrestricted baccalaureate admission status
- Enrolled in the program concurrent with employment
- Willing to pay for the course by the hour at an in-state rate
- Work experiences may be paid or non-paid
- The minimum number of hours a student must work in order to receive three hours of credit is 300.
- Courses numbered 488 are graded pass/fail
- Courses numbered 489 are letter-graded
- If taking other courses, no more than 12 credit hours of courses can be taken in addition to 3 hour co-op/internship
- Individual departments may have more restrictive requirements.
- Meet with your Internship Course Advisor to express interest and inquire about opportunities
- Develop a resume and cover letter to use for application
- Utilize resources in Career Services to identify opportunities
- Network with friends, family, alumni and/or professionals in the field about positions
- Research companies/organizations of interest to determine application process and deadlines
- Interview for positions
- Once a position is secured, complete paperwork linked below so you can register for the class
Academic Internship Paperwork
- Obtain Internship
- Complete Internship Form and email, fax or bring to Internship Coordinator (Career Services) for signature
- The Internship Coordinator will email a signed copy to Student and Internship Instructor of Record
- Complete Job Description Form OR Additional Departmental Forms
If your internship is in another state, it may require State Authorization. Please contact the Distance Education Coordinator (email@example.com) or State Authorization Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) to inquire about compliance.
- Internship Form: All students who plan to enroll in a for-credit internship should complete this form.
- Job Description Form: All students completing a GUI 188 or 288 must complete this form. Departmental requirements may vary.
- Student Evaluation: All students completing a GUI 188 or 288 must complete this form by the last day of classes of the internship enrolled semester. Departmental requirements may vary.
- Employer Evaluation:All students completing a GUI 188 or 288 must request their Internship Supervisor complete this form by the last day of classes of the internship enrolled semester. (There will be exceptions when some employers have their own evaluation in place.) Departmental requirements may vary.
Walt Disney Internships
Disney College Program: (primarily for freshmen and sophomores) Participants acquire useful, transferable skills by working in an entry-level role at one of Disney's theme parks or resorts and interact with people from around the world. Murray State students seeking GUI 188 or 288 internship credit are required to participate in Disney seminars, collegiate offerings and/or service opportunities. Please review the syllabus for 188 and 288 to understand academic expectations. Apply here.
Disney Professional Internships: (targets juniors and seniors) This program allows you to apply for field-specific internships including finance and accounting, marketing and sales, merchandising, information management, media relations, entertainment management, contracts administration, and resort/hotel/theme park operations, to name a few. Apply here.
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