Internship Portal

The winter/spring 2023 internship application portal will be open September 26, 2022 - November 4, 2022 at 3 p.m.


All About Internships

Internships are a great way for high school students to get experience, gain new skills, and learn more about different jobs and career fields. Talk to your high school counselor to determine if an internship is right for you. Students in grades 11 and 12 in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Linn, and Washington Counties are eligible to apply.

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Why Apply for an Internship?

There’s no better way to learn skills related to your future career and the workplace in general. The internship program is a great way to develop skills in Professionalism, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Social Awareness, and Communication. Other reasons to pursue internships include:

  • Learning about a field before you commit to it. Get an inside look at jobs in the field you’re considering and figure out if it's a good fit for you.
  • You may earn high school credit while exploring a potential career. This can help you make decisions about your high school coursework and the investment in your post-secondary education.
  • Improving your resume for college, scholarship, and job applications.
  • Networking. Internships allow you to meet people at all levels of the company and those connections can be valuable.

Is an Internship Right For You?

There’s only so much you can learn in the classroom about what you want to do for a career. Internships are a great way to get a head start and explore the field you might go into.

It is required to have the internship included on your course schedule if taken during the school year. The internship can be completed during the school year and in the summer.

Students are required to apply and interview. Your high school counselor can assist you with the application process. Not all students are ready for an internship and may not be accepted into the program. While WLC staff consider all completed applications, not all applicants will receive an internship or their first choice of internship site.

You can apply for the internship program during 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. Make it a great start and be sure you've done at least one job shadow before applying.

The internship program has basic expectations that fall under Essential Functions and Minimum Requirements. Those can be seen here with possible accommodations. Please see the internship descriptions for qualifications specific to each internship.

Internship Requirements


Course requirements include:

  • Complete the Internship Agreement Form.
  • Complete the on-site hours as required the school and/or specified by the host.
  • Attend, be prepared for, and participate in the mandatory career development meetings sponsored by Workplace Learning Connection and complete any homework assigned.
  • Complete the Internship Workbook.
  • Complete Student Survey at the end of the session.

Workplace Learning Connection

Linn County Regional Center
1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha, Iowa 52233
319-398-1040 | 319-398-1041 (fax)

Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa
2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville, Iowa 52241
319-887-3970 | 319-358-3102 (fax)

Iowa County Center
200 West St. Williamsburg, IA 52361