PennWest University is closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

The PennWest Career Center is available during summer, Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm. 

Search & Apply for Internships

An internship is a professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work related to a student’s field of study or career interest. An internship gives a student the opportunity for career exploration and development, and to learn new skills.

Want to gain relevant experience and/or earn academic credit for an internship?
Follow the steps below to get started.

Finding the perfect internship takes time, so we recommend starting at least one semester before you plan to intern.

Summer 2024 Semester dates (Full term): May 6 – August 9
Deadline to submit an application for internship credit on Handshake: April 22
Contact the Internship Center if you miss the full-term deadline.
Fall 2024 Semester dates: August 26 – December 6
Deadline to submit an application for internship credit on Handshake: August 12

Step 1: Meet with your faculty advisor

Speak with your faculty advisor and ask the following:

  • What is the current internship process for my major?
  • Does my major require a for-credit internship?
    • If no, is it beneficial for me to complete an internship for academic credit?*
  • How many internship credits are required or do you suggest I take? For most majors 37.5 hours of work = 1 credit
  • How/when will the internship course fit in my schedule to count towards degree completion?
  • Am I eligible to complete an internship based on my GPA, academic standing, courses completed, and class year?
  • How do I register the internship for academic credit and what is the deadline?

*Students may complete internships for academic credit or not for academic credit. Only for-credit internships are registered as a course.

Step 2:

A) Get help finding an internship

Schedule an appointment with your Career Coach

  • Learn about resources to help you find internships
  • Review your resumes and cover letters
  • Practice interviewing

B) Click the picture below for instructions to complete the for-credit internship application in Handshake (if directed)

C) Explore Funding through the Rutledge Internship Award (California campus students only)

What is the Internship Center?

The Internship Center can help:

  • Explain the application process to receive academic credit for an internship
  • Answer questions about internships
  • Identify potential internship sites
  • Provide information about the The Washington Center Program
  • Manage the Rutledge Internship Award

For questions about internships, please email

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Contact & Location


California: 138 Natali Student Center

Clarion: 419 Becht Hall

Edinboro: 241 Baron-Forness Library

California, Clarion, Edinboro, PA

Career Center Hours

Monday 8:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am-4:00pm
Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm
Friday 8:00am-4:00pm