The Piper Center’s internships program works to create meaningful learning experiences by facilitating interactions among students, faculty, alumni, and organizations.
The ideal internship is a carefully monitored experience in which a student has intentional learning goals and spends time before, during and after the experience considering its vocational implications. Any internship has the potential to impact a student's educational program and career track.
Internships allow students to:
- Enhance their academic program through hands-on learning
- Apply skills learned in courses and co-curriculars in an off-campus setting
- Learn how organizations operate
- Explore and evaluate career options
- Gain professional work experience and develop transferable skillls
- Network with professionals in a field of interest
- Assess strengths and interests
At St. Olaf, students have the opportunity to complete an internship for academic credit.
Academic Credit Internships require a specific time commitment, completion of a Learning Agreement and Plan, and coordination with a faculty supervisor. READ MORE »
Faculty supervisors of academic internships play a crucial role in assigning and supervising the completion of academic activities that are thoughtfully determined and encourage reflection. Click here to learn more about supervising academic internships.
The National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) serves as a national resource center for the development and improvement of experiential education programs nationwide. Research and information obtained from the NSEE has been important to the review of the Piper Center's Internships Program. Learn more about NSEE's resources »