Sterling College believes in working hands and working minds—both on and off campus. An internship is not just a temporary job, but rather a monitored work-service experience in which a student has learning goals, and actively reflects on his or her learning experiences. One of the best ways to investigate a career is to become an intern; this is why all Sterling College students participate in an internship.
All students need to complete a ten-week, off-campus internship.
Why do we require an internship?
Lots of reasons:
- You might be really excited by your Work position on campus and want to explore a career path in greater depth
- You might not have chosen a major yet, and you want an internship to “test the waters”
- You want to spend a semester where you can have both a résumé-building job and complete field research for your Senior Capstone project
Getting an internship is more than just completing a job, however. Sterling College supports you both pre- and post-internship with résumé-building, interview skills, job search experience, and more. Students work closely with both their advisors and the Dean of Academics to plan their internship experience.
“[My goal is to] gain as much knowledge as I can and pick their brains as much as I can.” —Jeremy Parnick ’15, on his internship with St. Johnsbury Parks and Recreation