If you've ever wondered if a particular career is a good fit for you, internships are a terrific way to find out. Hands-on, professional experience is available to Fairfield students at leading companies in every field - including banking and commerce, arts and communications, science and medicine, education, engineering and high technology, and philanthropy and service.
With nearly one-third of all Fortune 500 companies headquartered between Fairfield and New York City, as well as thousands of small- to mid-sized companies and non-profit organizations in the area, unique internship opportunities abound for Fairfield students looking to discover if a dream job is the right path for their future.
There are two types of internships students can attain: internships for academic credit and non-credit internships. Internships for academic credit must be approved by faculty and are connected to an academic course. Some departments have lists of available for-credit internships and some may approve internships that you find on your own as well.
The requirements and processes for securing an internship for credit vary by school and by department so it's best to start with your school or particular major:
College of Arts and Sciences: Students are strongly encouraged to visit their major's website first to see if there is more detailed information on the internship process. Students can then contact the internship coordinator for their major with any questions they still have. Please note you can only complete internships for credit in your own major.
School of Engineering: Students should speak with their academic adviser or department chair.
School of Nursing: Students' clinical experience during the academic year is similar to an internship so students should not pursue an outside internship during the year. Students are able to do an internship (usually referred to as an externship) during the summer but it can only be a non-credit internship.
City of Bridgeport Internship Program:
Students from any school or college interested in interning for the City of Bridgeport should contact Dr. Brian Walker, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Learn more information about the internship program.
The Career Planning Center provides resources and support to assist Fairfield students in identifying internships including non-credit positions. A great place to start is the Career Planning's Internship FAQs site which includes information on how to find an internship.
In addition, the Summer Internship Recruiting Program at Fairfield offers students the opportunity to gain meaningful career related experience in an area related to their occupational goals. Typically these are available to full-time undergraduate students during their junior year. On occasion employers do open their opportunity to sophomores.
On-campus recruiting for summer internships takes place during the fall and spring. We are committed to working with you to help you as you begin the internship search process.
The Fairfield University Career Planning Center utilizes Stags4Hire to coordinate the campus recruiting process. All students have an account that they can logon to from my.fairfield.
- To sign into Stags4Hire, students log on to my.fairfield and click on the Stags4Hire icon on the main page. We will be communicating with you about events and program additions or changes through this system.
- Once you are in Stags4Hire you will have access to upload your resume and apply for jobs and internships. All interview schedules are handled through the system for on-campus recruiting (OCR). Employers can also access your resume through our Resume Book and directly e-mail you if they wish to interview you for a position. Information about employers who will be hosting information sessions will be available on the calendar tab on your personal homepage. Announcements will be posted in your news feed.
- Stags4Hire allows you access 24/7 so you can find out about up-to-the-minute changes.
Students are encouraged to call (203) 254-4081 to schedule an appointment with the Career Planning Center if they have any questions about the internship process or Stags4Hire.