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Community Internship Program


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





Recruitment Cycle Overview

Spring Term: Department Proposal Submission Cycle

Fall Term: Student Application Cycle

Winter Term: Internships Start beginning of Winter Term

Spring Term: Internships Continue through the end of Spring Term




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

1. PREP SESSION: Attend a mandatory prep session.

Prep sessions provide 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 application materials and interview.

2. APPLICATION SUBMISSION: Complete the WOU CiP online application, which includes a resume and cover letter submission.

  • Students may apply for up to 2 positions. If applying for multiple positions, please submit separate application materials tailored for each position.

3. INTERVIEW: Participate in a first round interview with a SCLD staff member. If referred for further consideration, students will have a second interview with the direct supervisor of the position.



  1. Enrollment: Students must be enrolled from the time of application through the duration of their internships
  2. Academic Standing: Students must be in good academic standing
  3. Judicial Standing: Students must be in good judicial standing
  4. Prior Interns: 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.





(503) 838-8716 | or e-mail: internships@wou.edu  | Location: Werner University Center 119