Academic Internships

Connecting academic and extracurricular experiences with professional opportunities.

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Job Opportunities

72% of graduates who participated in an internship were offered a job from their internship company.

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Professional Experience

95% of employees are looking for college grads with experience. Entry level positions earn 6.5% more if they had job experience.

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Employer Engagement

85% of employers say hiring interns was a a positive experience.

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Experiential Learning

86% of students polled say their internship was a positive experience.

Internships allow students to gain exposure to potential careers,
develop professional work skills, and obtain a competitive advantage in the job search.


Why take an Academic Internship?

Career Exploration! Internships allow students to gain exposure to potential careers discover possible career paths for specific majors, and narrow down “good-fit” career searches.

For the professional experience! Employers increasingly want to see experience in the new college grads they hire. Nearly half of surveyed employers wanted new-grad experience to come from internships or co-op programs.

To earn college credit! Internships can be taken for credit in the student’s major or for elective credit – resulting in transcripts reflecting the experience – possibly leading to advantages when applying to graduate school.

For self-improvement! Internships provide the opportunity to discover your strengths, work on your weaknesses, realize career readiness, and discover gaps between your education, interests, & skill-set all while building your resume!

Who can Intern?

Students looking for elective credit and valuable professional experience! Students who have completed a minimum of 40 accumulated credits and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 are eligible to take an internship for elective credit through the Center for Experiential Learning.

Students who are required to take an internship for their departmental major! Departmental supervised internships are required for students studying a variety of majors such as Social Work, Kinesiology, Accounting, Criminal Justice and Sports Management. Students should contact their Academic Advisors for more information.

Students who aren’t quite sure yet, where to direct their professional goals! Internships allow students to have hands-on experience in exploring different career paths available to their field of study.  An Exploratory Internship is available to First Year students.

Where do Loras College students Intern?

The Dubuque & surrounding Community offers opportunities in area non-profit and for-profit businesses such as the Telegraph Herald, McGraw-Hill, Dubuque County, State Public Defender’s office, Holy Family Catholic Schools, Victory Ford, etc.

Nationally, students regularly complete internships in their hometowns across the country. In addition to smaller companies in hometowns, students have interned at widely-known companies through The Washington Center, Disney, Prudential, Express Employment Services, etc.

World-wide opportunities exist in Ireland, Portugal, etc. through the Loras Study Abroad program in addition to international students gaining internship experience in their homeland.

How can internship positions be found?

The Experiential Learning Center on campus posts positions on bulletin boards, sends email notices out to students, and offers workshops on finding & preparing for internships and career positions. is a primary source for business to post internship & employment opportunities. Postings are updated regularly.  Get connected via the link at the bottom of this page. provides a filter for searching for internships in the Dubuque area.

LinkedIn has proven to be a successful tool for internship searches.

Company Websites sometimes have internship positions listed under their “career” tabs

Are Internships financed?

Business funded internships – Some companies have internship programs that pay interns a regular wage.

Scholl Scholarship – Awards financial support to those students interning out of their local college or hometown area

Adducci Loan – Offers interest-free funds to students needing support for travel/accommodations while interning.

Have questions? Let’s talk!

We realize the transition from high school to college to an internship can seem like an overwhelming gap, let us help you find the bridge! Contact us for more information and to explore options.

Jennie Weber
Academic Internship Coordinator

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