It’s a fact. Internships not only provide important context to classroom study – they also help you gain an advantage for future employment.
In a competitive job market, employers are looking for more than just academic credentials, they want hands-on experience, too. That’s why finding the right internship as an undergraduate student can put you in a position to land the right job after graduation.
At WPU, you’ll complete an internship beginning as soon as your junior year, after taking three courses in your major. It’s a WPU requirement – and it’s central to what will set you apart as a Peace graduate, whether you plan to continue your education in graduate school or embark on a career after graduation.
100% of our students graduate with an internship and a resume. That’s why, on average, more than 90% of WPU grads find jobs within one year of graduating.
WPU Internships At-a-Glance
You'll leave not only with a great degree from WPU, but a resume with connections and experience
WPU Internships Pay Off. Really.
WPU students go beyond the classroom and get hands-on experience that prepares them for life after college. In fact, 67% of WPU grads report landing jobs directly through their internship experience.
“Professional experience – often gained through an internship – is becoming more and more important for prospective new hires.”
U.S. News & World Report
Where Can I Intern?
Our students take advantage of #OurRaleigh and everything that our great city has to offer. When you’re just blocks away from your internship site, things are pretty sweet.
Some of our internships sites include:
- Burning Coal Theatre
- Cary Police Department
- Curtis Media
- Fidelity Bank
- NC General Assembly
- NC Museum of Natural Sciences
- Raleigh Little Theatre
- Red Hat
- Salvation Army
- SAS Institute, Inc.
- Spectrum News
- UNC TV
- Wake Health Services
- Wine & Design
“I think this internship has prepared me extremely well for my future career because, hopefully it is my future career.”
How do WPU internships work?
Every 40 hours of onsite work at an internship translates to one credit hour (120 hours = 3 credit hours). As a student, you can earn up to six credit hours through internships. Internships can be paid or unpaid and grades are awarded for each completed internship.
All internships will be reviewed by William Peace University faculty to ensure goals and objectives of the position compliment your learning and professional goals.
Once you begin your internship, it’s important to continuously seek and receive mentoring and feedback. Introduce yourself to various departments within the organization and talk with your internship coordinator about attending meetings, networking opportunities, professional organization meetings and receiving an introduction to top-level management.
How do I find an internship?
WPU has an extensive network of employer partners who are always excited to see a WPU student apply to their internship programs. Work with the Career Design team to identify organizations and businesses that will help you gain new skills in your field. We look forward to helping you find the best fit for your career-related goals.
Internship information sessions are also offered each semester prior to registration.
What’s required in the WPU internship class?
The internship class is a hybrid – partially in person and partially online! The Career Design Team feels you should spend as much quality time as possible at your site – the hybrid class makes this much easier. Your class syllabus will detail the requirements of the internship program and related assignments.
You will be graded (A, B, C, D, or F) based on obtaining your learning objectives, attendance and participation in your internship class, class assignments and your site supervisor’s evaluation.