$ 7,000

Internship participants had a higher median salary than those with no internship experience

more from 2012–2019

76.18 %

UI graduates who had participated in internships had jobs in their field upon graduation

compared to the 54.88% of graduates who had not participated in internships

Networking & Establishing Mentors & References

  • Meet new people and practice networking skills while establishing a network of professional contacts, mentors, and references
  • Open to door to advice on the next steps to take on your career path 

Resume Enhancements

  • Gain valuable experience and accomplishments to add to your resume and/or enhance your application to graduate school
  • Create an advantage over other job or graduate school applicants
  • Potential for a full-time job offer at the end of the internship based on your performance

Benefits of an undergraduate internship before entering your job search.

Career Exploration

  • Learn about a career field from the inside and decide if this is the right career field for you
  • Work alongside a professional in your chosen career area
  • Observe the workplace and see if it matches expectations
  • Gain knowledge about a specific industry

Leadership & Skill Development

  • Experience - One of the recurring themes in any entry level job search is lack of experience. "Where do I get experience if no one is willing to hire me?" The answer is simple: Get an internship!
  • Learn new skills and add to your knowledge base while gaining confidence in your abilities
  • Opportunity to practice communication and teamwork skills
  • Provide evidence that you have initiative, are reliable, and have a sense of responsibility
  • Apply some of the ideas learned in school and provide a bridge between school and the professional world
  • Achieve a sense of accomplishment by contributing to an organization
  • An internship offers you the chance to learn by doing in a setting where you are supervised by a work-place professional and have the opportunity to achieve your own learning goals, without the responsibilities of being a permanent employee.

Featured Employers

Our featured employers make an extra investment in hiring Hawkeyes at the University of Iowa. They work closely with our Employer Engagement Team to assess the needs of our students, provide jobs and internships for those who are seeking experience and careers, and provide additional financial support to ensure the Pomerantz Career Center can continue offering in-person and virtual networking opportunities.