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Why Merrimack? Guaranteed Internships!

Merrimack guarantees internships. 

Fantastic! But wait, what does that really mean? And, why does that even matter…

If you want an internship, we’ve got you covered. Merrimack will help you find one that fits with your career interests and goals. The proof? At Merrimack, 87% of our students participate in at least one internship or co-op. 

Internships offer experiential learning outside of the classroom. Real-world opportunities set students up for success after graduation. Let’s start with the basics:

What is an internship?
An internship is a professional experience in industry and discipline related to your interests or study area. It can be part or all of the semester, taking place in the fall, spring or summer. Internships can be paid or unpaid, dependent on the employer, but most are unpaid and can count towards college credits. 

How do I get an internship?
Take a first pass at the internship listings we have on the Merrimack Career webpage. It’s fun to look around and see what’s out there. You should also check out the Internship and Career Fair that the O’Brien Center for Career Development hosts once or twice a year.

Who will help me find one?
Your Career Advisor! They help you create a customized career path – and no two paths are the same! The best part is that your career advisor sits in the school your major is in – which makes them an expert in the industry you want to break into. They are your go-to when it comes to exploring majors, careers, finding internships and mapping out your goals.

Where will I intern?
It depends on your major and what you want to do after you graduate. Keep reading to see where some of our current Warriors have held an internship!

Why should I intern?
Internships have two goals: 1) building skills and expertise in your chosen career field and 2) validating that that career field is actually something you want to pursue! Internships help show future employers that you have put in the time and effort to build your skill set and are qualified to get a good job when it’s time to graduate!

When will I intern?
Most students intern during their junior year, or the summer between their junior and senior years. But depending on your major and desired career, some students do an internship as early as year one or two!

Internships Help Secure Good, Permanent Jobs

Internships give our Warriors the real-world experience they need to secure great jobs after graduation. Here are some recent graduates who took advantage of an internship as part of their MC experience!

Hayden Carr

Hayden Carr

Major: Data Science
Internship: Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Intern, Avita Pharmacy
Current: Business Intelligence Analyst – Operations, Orangetheory Fitness

Leslie Lima

Leslie Lima

Major: Civil Engineering
Internship: Engineering Intern, Woodard & Curran
Current: Project Coordinator, Construction & Operations, Tuscan Village, Salem, NH

Justin DeBarge

Justin DeBarge

Major: Psychology, Human Development & Human Services
Internship: Child Care Counselor, St. Ann’s Home & School
Current: Forensic Mental Health Counselor, Hampden County (MA) Sheriff’s Department

Gillian O’Brien

Gillian O’Brien

Major: Business Administration, Accounting and Corporate Finance & Investments
Internship: Global Tax Intern, Hasbro Inc.
Current: Accounting Clerk, Spindrift Beverage Company, Inc.

Corey Kilroy

Corey Kilroy

Major: Health Science
Internship: Rehabilitation Aide, Beth Israel Lahey
Health Strength And Conditioning Coach, Athletic Evolution
Current: Medical Assistant, Massachusetts General Hospital

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