Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

In·tern·ship

/in-turn-ship/
noun

  1. A program where you earn academic credit by working at a job
  2. The best way to gain work experience when you don't have any

Would you like to explore jobs related to your major? Practice on-the-job knowledge and technical skills? Build your resume with relevant work experience? Then you want to do an internship!

Listen to these stats from national surveys:

  • 81% of employers expect students to have done an internship
  • 40% of graduates who did internships were hired full-time at their place of internship
  • Employers say they put more weight on experience - particularly internships and student employment - than on academic credentials when evaluating a recent graduate

Who can do an internship?

Any credit student at PCC! We encourage all students to complete at least one internship as part of their program. Better yet: multiple internships!

briefcaseTechnical degree students
There is a large possibility your program wants you to do an internship. It may be required or optional, either way, it’s a great way to gain experience, make connections and practice what you learned in class.
multi-directional arrowsUniversity transfer students
Transferring to a 4 year college? You can earn credit and gain work experience related to your degree.
globeInternational students
Some international students want the opportunity to get work experience in the United States. If you meet the correct criteria this could be an option for you.

How to set up an internship

Setting up an internship requires a little extra initiative on your part, but don't worry - students just like you do this every term! Here are the 4 steps to become an intern:

Check requirements

Talk to a specialist

to learn requirements for internships in your program: see intern specialists.

Talk to employers

Find job sites

that offer experience related to your career goals. See how to find sites.

Get your paperwork together

File paperwork

with your internship specialist before the term starts. See forms.

Get your work done

Do the work

complete assignments, seminars, and check-ins. See more on grading.

Read more about how to get started »


Need help?

We have offices at every campus to help with internships! Drop in or call to make an appointment.

Sylvania Jobs and Internships Office

Sylvania

CC 213 | 971-722-4710
8am-5pm Mon-Fri,
Evenings by appointment
Sylvania staff

Cascade Career Services

Cascade

SSB 104 | 971-722-5600
8am-5pm Mon-Fri,
Evenings by appointment
Cascade staff

Rock Creek Jobs and Interships Office

Rock Creek

Bldg 2, 102 | 971-722-7269
9am-5pm Mon-Thu,
9am-4pm Fri
Rock Creek staff

Southeast Career Exploration Center

Southeast

Tabor 147 | 971-722-6036
1am-5pm Mon-Wed,
or by appointment
Southeast staff