How many hours per week should I plan to spend at the internship site? How long do internships last?

You need to be available at least 2-3 full days per week, and preferably more, for your internship. It has been our experience that the student intern who is not a consistent employee for a large block of time does not integrate as well with the organization, does not receive the kinds of projects that they can carry to completion, does not gain exposure to the full range of activities at the site, and does not participate as fully in the strategic decision making process of the organization.

The national average is approximately 40 hours per credit (i.e. 3 credits equal about 120 hours.) The duration of the internship will depend on the number of credits you are registered for, how many days per week you are available and the needs of the organization.

Intern Profiles

Emily Randall

Emily Randall

English Writing

Beacon Press, Boston, MA

Technology has changed the way we communicate as a community and a culture.  This summer I had the privilege to internship at Beacon Press, a publishing company that has been around for over 150 years. This internship fit my major well, because it combined my disciplines of English and Business…using them to reach people with social media, working with Facebook, Twitter, and blogging for companies.  I used Facebook to research groups relevant to our authors’ attended audience, and from there I was able reach a whole social network of people. I find the field of publishing to be an interesting one, it allows for a lot more creativity, and I value that. Because of this internship, I feel more confident and also have a better idea of what type of job and atmosphere to look for in my job search.  All in all this was a success.