Internships may be obtained through the initiative of the student or by pursuing one of the school’s growing list of standing internships. The field assignments should represent productive tasks of importance to the host organization and reflect an active relationship with ER/HR/LR/LAW or leadership functions, including the opportunity to become acquainted with the total organization effort. Upon completion of the internship, the student will be required to prepare a written critical analysis (not merely a description) of the field experience in terms of the course learning objectives and overall experiences. Thus, it is important that the internship tasks reflect meaningful professional responsibilities wherever possible. Internship experiences give students an advantage in the job market.

Students may schedule an internship, preferably between the 6th and 7th semesters (including the summer session, before, between, or after these semesters) in order to improve their job prospects while also enriching their classroom learning with a planned experience in the real world of employee relations, human resources, labor relations, or law. In this way, students can derive meaningful insights into possible career opportunities. Many students choose to do more than one internship to continue their ability to learn outside the classroom.

NYSE Internship
Internship Advising team with LHR

If you are interested in securing a credit internship, the first step is to read over the Rules and Procedures for internships and contact me so I can answer any of your questions. You may also want to review the Sample Learning Objectives. Students should note that the College of the Liberal Arts may have enrichment funds available to support the cost of an unpaid internship. You can apply for funding support through the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Mark Gough
Associate Professor of Labor and Employment Relations
(814) 865-1030

Employment law, employment arbitration, sexual harassment, alternative dispute resolution, labor relations