What is an Internship?

An internship is a supervised, purposely educational and sustained work experience that supports your career development by providing the opportunity for the following:

Though facilitated by your Faculty Internship Advisor, a professional in the employment community, and the Internship Coordinator, you are the primary director of this learning experience, aimed at exploring the intersection of your academic and professional interests.

Why pursue an internship?

Eligibility and Guidelines

Gaining Academic Credit

Where have Pacific Students interned?

Bally Total Fitness
Bank of the West
Beyond Words Publishing
City of Portland
COESIDA in Oaxaca, Mexico
CoHo Productions
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry of Dr. Vaughn Tidwell
Forest Grove High School
Fred Meyer
Jones & Roth CPAs and Business Consultants
The Mark Wooley Gallery
Natural Science Foundation
NW Documentary
Oregon Environmental Council
Oregon State Legislature
Pacific University - (University Advancement , MFA Program, Oregon Holocaust Resource Center)
Portland Trail Blazers
Print Arts Northwest
Sports Unlimited
Talbot, Korvola & Warwick
TriQuint Semiconductor
Waggle Dancer Media, Inc.
and many more organizations world wide!

Steps to Obtaining an Internship

  1. Discuss your goals with your advisor. Develop a list of learning objectives for the experience.
  2. Meet with the Internship Coordinator in the Career Development Center to discuss a plan for your search.
  3. Look for internship opportunities by consulting with your Faculty Advisor and the Internship Coordinator to generate ideas. This will include researching organizations and identifying places to apply.
  4. Complete and submit application materials, applications, résumés and cover letters.
  5. Prepare for interviews by seeking assistance from Career Center staff.
  6. Interview with interested organizations and secure offers.
  7. Complete the Internship Learning Contract (Word) collaboratively with your Faculty Internship Advisor, Site Supervisor, and Internship Coordinator. This will clarify the responsibilities of each party and ensure you receive academic credit. *All learning contracts are due by the drop/add date of each semester.
  8. Work hard, learn a lot, and enjoy the experience!

Can’t seem to find the right opportunity? Create your own!

The Career Center strives to provide a wide range of opportunities for students. However, we understand that students have interests that may span beyond the available resources. We encourage students to be creative and think outside the box to find an experience that meets their needs, and we are prepared to support students in locating the best fit possible. If you are interested in creating your own internship opportunity, contact the Career Development Center staff at