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Community Internship Program


Mission and Goal: To provide access to academically and career relevant paid internship opportunities for Western students.


Student applications for internships starting spring term will open on

Wednesday February 1, 2017

Recruitment Schedule

(Winter Recruitment for Internships Starting Spring Term 2017)




To be considered for a WOU CiP internship, you must complete all three steps of the application process.

  1. PREP SESSION: Attend a mandatory prep session during Week 5 or 6. Information includes an overview of the WOU CiP application process, best practices for resume and cover letter writing, and interview techniques to better prepare you for your WOU CiP application materials and interview.
  2. APPLICATION SUBMISSION: Complete the WOU CiP online application, which includes a resume and cover letter submission. (Apply for no more than 2 positions)
  3. INTERVIEW: Participate in a first round interview with a SCLD staff member during Week 7.

* Former WOU CiP Interns will not be considered.


What are the Benefits of Participating in WOU CiP?

The WOU Community Internship Program (WOU CiP) connects you to paid internships on-campus. By developing partnerships across campus, WOU students are able to gain invaluable internship experiences that facilitate professional development and integration of classroom knowledge. WOU CiP is managed in collaboration with departments and SLCD professional staff. This means you are provided with ongoing support and guidance in your internship from start to finish, and any time thereafter. Support includes, but is not limited to:

  • Resume and Cover Letter Writing
  • Interview Preparation and Practice
  • Career Counseling to Facilitate:
    • Personal and Professional Goal Development
    • Integration of Skills and Knowledge Gained to Translate Experience into Real World Job Readiness
    • Much, Much More!


What are the Benefits of Doing an Internship?

Internships allow you to gain the necessary professional skills that allow you to integrate academic knowledge with real world application. Not only do internships provide you with experience to add to your resume, they also allow you to gain a competitive edge in the job market. Employers typically favor recent college graduates that posses internship experience over those that do not. It is common for employers to hire high performing and hard-working interns because they are more familiar with your work.

Additionally, internships allow you to practice and develop skills sets that are aligned with your academic and professional goals. This gives you a chance to “try” a career path to better understand which career is right for you.


Internship vs. Part-Time Job: What’s the Difference?

What makes internships unique is the focus on student learning. This is an opportunity for you to apply skills learned in the classroom or elsewhere, that tie to your academic, career or personal goals. While you might perform some roles that are not for your learning, the goal is for you to explore and practice your professional identity under supervision and with mentoring.

An example could be a student wanting to apply their writing skills and learn professionalism by writing press releases for a department. The expectation is that the student need some coaching and guidance and not be expected to accomplish the task perfectly on the first try. With gentle feedback, however, the final output will be professional, well written and offer a fresh, student oriented perspective.


INternshipS Starting Winter Term 2017

Alumni Relations Intern – University Advancement & WOU Foundation

Classification Project Intern – Human Resources

Communications & Public Relations Intern – STEM Scholars Program

Communications & Event Management Intern, Academic Excellence Showcase – Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences (PURE)

Foster Success Intern – Communication Studies

Legislative Intern – Office of the Vice President and General Counsel

Microbiology BI 318 Online Teaching and Learning Intern – Biology

Open Educational Resource Development and Design for Lower Division Chemistry Coursework Intern – Chemistry

Research Intern in Linguistics – English, Writing, & Linguistics

Research Intern in Nanotechnology – Chemistry


If you have questions or need assistance with this process, please contact SLCD staff at: 503-838-8432 or internships@wou.edu.

"In my internship, I learned about what goes on behind the scenes of leading an instrumental ensemble. Understanding how this process works has helped opened my eyes to the many responsibilities of a band director."

Miriam Means

Symphony & Wind Ensemble Conducting Intern, Music

"As a first generation college student - college, as well as internships, were a very foreign concept to me. The WOU Community Internship Program gave me great practice at writing resumes and cover letters, as well as offering internships in my field of study. This is such a great program and the support from the SLCD staff throughout the internship was phenomenal."

Chris Modrich

Natural Products Intern, Chemistry