Steps to an Internship
1. Is an Internship right for you?
Watch this video to find out if an Internship is right for you.
You can apply for the internship program the summer session before your junior year through the spring session of your senior year. Students who have graduated from high school are not eligible.
Speak with your guidance counselor regarding the course application process. The internship is a class that needs to be on your course schedule; it can also be taken in the Summer. The internship application is a vetted process with an application and interview; not all students are ready for an internship and may not be accepted into the program. Make it a great start and be sure you've done at least one job shadow before applying! While WLC staff consider all completed applications, not all applicants will receive an internship or their first choice of internship site.
2. Explore Internship Opportunities*!
Internship descriptions by county:
Benton | Cedar | Iowa | Johnson | Jones | Linn | Washington
Internship schedules by county:
Benton | Cedar | Iowa | Johnson | Jones | Linn | Washington
*Internships listed are possible opportunities but are subject to the availability of the business; in addition, some internship opportunities are competitive with more students applying than positions available. If you have an idea for an internship site that's not listed, select Workplace Learning Connection-Site Under Development within the application process and then offer some information in the text box provided on the online application!
3. Complete the online application
Before you start the online application process, you will need to identify and speak to your references (personal and teacher). Ask for their permission to use them as a reference and make sure to obtain their correct email addresses. Also verify the correct email address for your parent/guardian. Since this is all online, if the addresses are wrong, the application may not go through.
You need the following information to complete your application:
-Parent/Guardian Email Address
-Teacher of Reference Email Address
-Personal Recommender Email Address (This individual should be any non-related adult whom you have known outside the school environment and who can vouch for your personal character and work ethic.)
-We recommend Chrome, Safari or Firefox as your brower; click here for the application!
-If you have never completed a job shadow or internship with WLC please create your student account under New User
-If you have completed a job shadow or internship with WLC, please login under Returning User. If you can't remember your log-in information, click on Can't Access Account to set up the password. A link to change your password will be sent to the email address you had used for your previous WLC application. Your school's WLC Program contact will have that information or simply contact our WLC Staff member with your request for that information.
-You will be directed to your Dashboard Page. Click on Add Internship Request. During the application process you may save information and return later if needed. After you have completed the process, you can check the status of your application on your Dashboard Page. It is your responsibility to regularly check your Dashboard to ensure timely responses from your parent/guardian, teacher and personal recommender. If they have not received the referral requests, please ask them to check their "Junk or SPAM" email folders.
Select three internship opportunities. If three are not available in your area of interest, select Workplace Learning Connection-Site Under Development. If you are requesting a new site that is not listed, please use the New Request box. Make sure to include as much detail as possible (ie: Business Name, Contact Person, Contact Phone or Email address). All application requirements and recommendations must be completed and received by 3:00 pm of the session due date.
This is a class that will be on your school transcript. You will earn elective credit upon completion of the course requirements from your high school program. Very few internships are paid and, if they are, you are hired by the company; financial payment is not an expectation of this program.
4. Interview for your internship.
You will receive a copy of your interview notice from WLC, as well as your school contact and your school's attendance office. These notices are sent out a week to ten days prior to your scheduled interview. Interview dates are listed in the county internship program schedules linked above. All students complete an interview to be considered for the internship program. While WLC staff consider all complete applications, not all applicants will receive an internship or their first choice of internship site.
Download a list of sample interview questions here to help you prepare.
Final approval for the internship program is based on your application and interview. Selected students and sponsoring employers are matched based on student interests and abilities and the internship host's availability. Please note that some internship opportunities are competitively sought after and not all candidates will be approved for an opportunity. Also, not all internship opportunites are available every term. All are subject to business availability.
Tips for Success: Review and prepare for the sample interview questions!
Remember to arrive early for your scheduled interview and dress professionaly.
5. Enjoy your internship/Earn Credit
You will perform the duties as outlined by the job description and your host, working 45-90 hours over the course of the academic term, and will earn academic credit from your HS upon completion of the course requirements. (Check with your guidance counselor to make sure there is space in your schedule during the school year for the internship; you must have time in your schedule to complete this class. This is not an issue during the summer. Also some schools have restrictions on the number of hours allowed.)
Course requirements include:
- Complete the on-site hours as required by your school's specific program and meet the host requirements and functions of the internship opportunity as defined on the job description.
- Attend and participate in the mandatory Career Development meetings sponsored by the Workplace Learning Connection.
- Complete the Guided Student Journal provided by WLC.