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

Mathew Hollins

Mathew Hollins
Business Finance
Citizens Bank, Manchester, NH

“I had a nice long talk with an associate about the work environment and the potential careers you can get into, how she started out, and how she made it through the years. She also helped me understand the basics behind the documentation of the portfolios as well as the software system they use for annual write-ups on clients portfolios. I also had a coworker come into my office and help break down the process and procedures behind the hospitality commercial real estate side. She explained how things are run and why certain decisions are taken and why some decisions are not taken throughout the hospitality business side.  Completing a credit-bearing internship takes time, and time is critical when I’m trying to balance a full-time job, job search, and perform well at the internship. I went over an annual review and discussed events taken place with the banking industry with the Assistant VP. I try to ask thousands of questions just because the knowledge is so valuable to me and throughout the process I have learned a lot!”