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O’Brien Center for Student Success

Internships

About Merrimack’s Internship Program

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths.

Internships provide students with flexible and varied ways to gain valuable on-the-job experience related to career interests. Internships may be paid or unpaid, take place during summer or academic semester breaks, and cover a range of time commitments. Merrimack College offers two types of internships: Academic Internships and Independent Internships.

Academic Internships are credit-bearing opportunities offered through academic departments. Students are required to go through their department to register as guidelines vary by major. The O’Brien Center is happy to assist with questions.

Independent Internships are administered through the O’Brien Center. Students register for this experience as they would a credit-bearing course during course registration each semester. Students receive an internship course notation during each semester they participate and complete the internship along with its associated documentation. To participate students must:

  • Have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours to participate
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Complete a minimum of 100 hours on the job work

Checklist for Participating in an Internship

Once you have secured an Independent Internship, there are things you will need to do.

  • Complete the Experiential Learning Application on Advantage and, from there,  your Career Advisor and Employer will sign off.
  • Connect with your Career Advisor periodically throughout your experience.
  • Toward the end of your experience, you will receive an electronic evaluation to complete and will then be awarded the ”Pass” grade on the internship course.

Log on to Advantage to find Internship opportunities and to apply online. For assistance in finding an internship, students should make an appointment with a Career Advisor the O’Brien Center for Student Success.