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.
Students from any school or college interested in interning for the City of Bridgeport should contact Dr. Jim Simon, 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 Experience to coordinate the campus recruiting process. All seniors, juniors and sophomores have an account but they must be activated by the student.
- To sign into Experience students need to enter their campus e-mail address and the last four digits of their student ID as the password. Please note your username can only be forty characters long and if zero is the first digit of the last four digits in your student ID, delete the zero. We ask that you fill in your account as completely as possible. We will be communicating with you about events and program additions or changes through this system so please select Yes to receive these e-mails.
- Once you are registered you will have access to upload your resume and apply to organizations. All interview schedules are handled by the system. Employers can access your resume and directly e-mail you if they wish to interview you. Also, for those employers who will be hosting presentations, these schedules can be viewed either through the Calendar section or Event section.
- Experience 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 Experience.