An Exploratory Internship enables you to examine a particular interest by working part-time or full-time in a company or organization over a substantial period. Exploratory Internships emphasize field experience, supplemented with regular academic work under the direction of a faculty supervisor.

Trinity students can earn academic credit for Exploratory Internships both during the academic year and during the summer (please note: students are responsible for a tuition fee for summer credit(s). Exploratory Internships earn a half credit and are graded on a pass/fail basis. Students may complete up to four Exploratory Internships during their time at Trinity, for a total of two credits toward the 36 credits required for graduation.

In some circumstances, departments and programs may sponsor one-credit courses with internship components, allowing you to study a topic or issue at greater depth. Some departments also allow students to complement Exploratory Internships with 0.5-credit independent studies. Students should consult individual departments or faculty members for information about one-credit courses with internships and independent study options. 

Arranging and Registering for Internships

To locate internship opportunities, begin by reviewing the Internship Directory and searching Trinity CareerLink.​ Internships not listed in the directory or posted in eRecruiting must be approved by the Career Development Center to be eligible for academic credit. Career Development staff are available to assist with internship searches and applications.

Once you have secured an internship placement, you should obtain the support of a faculty sponsor who will supervise the academic component of the internship. Your faculty sponsor should have some expertise in a field related to the content of you internship.

Next, complete the Exploratory Internship Contract which details your responsibilities in the field as well as the nature of your academic project. A blank copy  of the contract can be found under the Profile tab in your CareerLink account. Select Internships for Credit from the drop-down menu. Complete the form in its enitrety and hit Submit at the bottom of the page. Your form will then run through an electronic, three tier approval process. A copy will first be sent to the CDC for approval, then your field supervisor and finally, your faculty sponsor. They will each receive a link to view your form via email. You can monitor the status of your form and view a fully approved copy by logging in to CareerLink at any time. Once your paperwork goes through the entire electronic approval process, the CDC will code it and forward a copy to the Registrar. It is not until then that you are officially registered for the internship. 

Legislative Internship Program

Students gain first-hand experience in politics and government by working for a member of the Connecticut General Assembly. The Legislative Internship Program takes place during the spring semester. Since most legislators don’t have a big staff, student interns often shoulder a lot of responsibility and are treated like regular members of the office. Most students enroll in the program full-time, working 40 hours a week at the Legislature for four course credits. You can also do this on a part-time basis, working 20 hours a week for two course credits.

All interns also participate in a weekly seminar led by a faculty member in the Political Science Department. The seminar examines the scholarship on state legislatures nationwide. The seminar’s academic foundation is informed by the students’ real-world experience in the Connecticut General Assembly. For more information, contact Professor Serena Laws

Health Fellows Program

Launched in 1999, the Health Fellows Program​ is an innovative academic program offering students exceptional opportunities to explore healthcare and to participate in a wide range of healthcare-related activities.  In addition to their regular coursework, students work 30 hours per week with clinical-care physicians in one-on-one relationships at area medical centers.  

The Health Fellows Program is designed for students who want to observe and participate in a variety of health-related activities. These activities include research projects, clinical services, educational seminars, and rounds at Hartford Hospital, the Institute of Living, and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. The program provides students with valuable experience in a healthcare setting that may help guide future their career choices.   For students interested in a career in medicine, this relevant experience will be key when applying to medical school.  For students interested in a career in research, this program of intensive participation will make them more attractive to graduate schools. In addition, students will have learned important research skills specific to their placement as well as more general skills such as formulating a hypothesis, methods of data collection, and methods of data analysis.