The Unity College Internship Program is designed to:
- Develop skills, confidence, and professional contacts that cannot be achieved in a classroom setting.
- Perform work in a short-term capacity enabling the students to identify their strengths, areas of growth, and areas of interest.
- Facilitate personal reflections on work experiences through the development of an internship portfolio and worksite supervisor evaluation.
- Integrate classroom theory with professional learning experiences.
Once viewed as simply a resume builder, internships have now become an integral part of the learning experience, serving as a way to help achieve deliberate learning goals, provide structured reflection on career choices, and allow for a focus on professional development.
Unity College students are making the most of this experiential learning opportunity by traveling around the world to work with organizations like the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, Operation Wallacea Research in Indonesia, or the Manatee Rehabilitation Centers in Belize. Students also use the experience to set themselves up for full time employment opportunities working for agencies such as the Maine Warden Service, the National Park Service or ReVision Energy.
Unity College interns receive ongoing support and feedback from both on-campus faculty sponsors as well as worksite supervisors. Although not academically required by all majors, internships may be used to earn elective credit while gaining experience.
A 2013 Internship & Co-op Survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) notes that employers made full-time offers to 56.5% of their interns, and respondents who hired interns/co-op students from their own programs retained 88.9% of these hires after one year. Conversely, for hires with no internship/co-op experience at all, slightly less than 80% were retained. And according to a recent Unity College alumni survey, over 50% of our graduates stated that internship experiences helped secure their employment.