Internships are a great way for students to gain professional experience, explore career pathways, and get to know an organization’s culture. Likewise, employers hire interns as emerging professionals to potentially increase their eligible hiring pool.
Preparation comes first, then search and application process. Most organizations require that students have earned 36+ credits in a related academic field, have a 2.75 GPA or above, and can articulate a developing practice of professional skills (communication, problem solving, critical thinking, etc.).
Looking to hire an intern? Visit Employer Partnerships.
Prepare for an internship by joining NHCC’s i-Prep: Internship Readiness Program. Complete the 4-steps to earn a $200 stipend, a micro-credential to showcase you have proficiency in a particular professional skill, and receive a D2L that certifies you as ‘internship ready!’
Program information and sign-up can be found from the ‘Self-Registration’ toolbar tab on the main D2L landing page. Select ‘i-Prep: Internship Readiness Program’ from the list of Self-Registration offerings. Read the ‘Announcement’ page and follow the directions to get started.
Handshake is our go-to place to search for internships. We approve dozens sent by local employers each day.
Large corporations post their competitive summer internship applications in early fall. Typically, they require students to be at a junior or senior level and enrolled in a university. If you are graduating from NHCC in the spring and have transfer plans, we recommend that you consider applying.
Mid to small size companies tend to open their summer applications in winter or early spring. Interviewing and hiring may take place in February/March to finalize intern selections beginning in June.
We recommend that students seek paid internship opportunities with a supportive learning environment. Multiple, consecutive internships are valuable learning experience. Many local internships are offered throughout the year, so check Handshake often.
The Xperience Project is NHCC's paid summer internship program for academic credit.
The Xperience Project brings together local employers and students studying in the areas of Business, Computer Information Systems, Communications, Computer Science, Graphic Design, and Marketing.
More Local Internship Programs
Applications for paid summer internships related to most of NHCC’s degree pathways open early October and close mid-November.
Award-winning Early Careers summer internship program in the fields of Software Development, Information Technology, Finance, and Supply Chain Management. Applications accepted August to October.
Pathways Internship Program provides youth and young adults with paid exploration opportunities for outdoor careers. Offering 3-month summer internships and 8-month extended internships.
A partnership program between MN Tech, a Minnesota professional organization, and the state of Minnesota to develop youth workforce skills through paid STEM-related internships with local companies.
A paid summer internship program designed to reduce barriers for under-represented students who have passion for the Marketing and Advertising fields. Applications close in early March.
Met Council is a regional organization that provides essential services and infrastructure, such as Metro Transit and Metro Mobility. 75+ paid internships are available annually for winter and spring starts. Applications close in mid-December.
Meet with a career advisor for expert guidance. Call or email Career Services to schedule a 1:1 Zoom or in-person appointment.
Location & Contact
Visit Career Services inside the library (LRC154) at the Workforce Innovation & Experiential Learning (WIEL) Center
WIEL Center Hours
Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.