When can I do an internship?
You can do an internship starting in your sophomore year. First-year students are not eligible for internships. Most internships take place in the fall and spring semesters. Summer internships are also available. Up to two course credits in internships may be counted toward degree requirements for graduation.
How do I find the internship I want?
There is an online Internship Directory that lists more than 200 established internship opportunities. For specialized interests and certain academic areas, faculty can help you identify alternative placement opportunities. Students may arrange their own internship placements subject to faculty, field, and Career Development approval.
When do I need to start applying for an internship?
You should plan for an internship well in advance, ideally early in the preceding semester. Please refer to the internship planning timeline for further information.
How much time do I need for an internship?
In general, an internship takes at least as much time as a regular course. There is a minimum of eight hours per week for fieldwork, plus reading and writing assignments and some commuting time. You will work with your field supervisor to arrange your final schedule.
What about transportation?
Interns use Connecticut Transit or personal cars to reach sites throughout the Hartford area. Many placements are accessible on foot.
Can I do an internship if I’m on financial aid?
Yes. Students on financial aid can use internships as an alternative to on-campus employment as long as the field organization can pay 60 percent of the student’s earnings and meets federal guidelines. The federal government, through Trinity’s Office of Financial Aid, pays the 40 percent balance. The Financial Aid Office can answer all your questions about student eligibility.
Are there any other financial stipends for student interns?
Financial support is available from the William Cotter Congressional Internship Fund. This is for students who are doing summer internships in the office of any United States Senator or Representative. Preference is given to internships with Connecticut Representatives and to legislative interns in Washington, D.C. The application deadline is May 15 each year. If you want to apply for a stipend, you need to submit a personal statement of need and a letter of acceptance from the legislator’s office to Linda Roy in the Career Development Center.
Can my internship organization pay me?
You may receive compensation for internships, if offered, provided that the academic quality of the internship is approved.
How do I find out about a summer internship for credit?
Academic credit can be earned during a summer internship. You can start by reviewing the Directory of Internships, which includes those organizations that accept summer interns. For more information on summer internships, click here.
Can I do an internship during a study abroad experience?
Yes. Please contact the Office of International Programs for more information.
What do I do if I want to do an internship that’s not for credit?
It is not necessary to contact anyone at Trinity if you want to do an internship that’s not for credit. If you need help searching for an internship outside of Hartford or need assistance with your resume, cover letters or preparing for interviews, you may want to schedule an individual advising appointment with a Career Development adviser. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-297-2080.