Dive Right In

Internships equal real world experience. They’re your opportunity to:

  • Explore different careers
  • Apply what you’ve learned in class
  • Work in a professional setting
  • Connect with local leaders
  • Build your network
  • Strengthen your resume
  • Decide on a major

At Elms, internships are a core part of your education. To help jump start your internship search, we offer one-on-one guidance through our Office of Career Services. We’ll guide you through the entire process, from creating a resume and working on your application, to preparing your elevator pitch and acing the interview.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have an invaluable set of experiences to draw from when you make the transition to the job market.

History and education major Kevin Corcoran ’19 completed an internship at Historic Deerfield, where he researched colonial agricultural practices. Kevin also curated a history-exhibit-on-wheels, which allowed him to educate visitors as they explored the grounds.

Learn More About Your Major

Internships offer many academic benefits. If you’re unsure whether your major is right for you, an internship during your first or second year of college can give you a clearer idea of the type of work you will do in different disciplines.

On the other hand, if you’re confident about your major and career path, and internship is an excellent way to deepen your skills and knowledge prior to graduation.

No matter the outcome, internships deepen your academic knowledge by enabling you to apply the insights and skills you’ve learned in the classroom to real world situations.

Computer science major Babba Jaden ’20 discusses his experience as an intern at Data-Smart City Solutions, an initiative of Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

Outstanding Mentors

In addition to the Office of Career Services, Elms students work with faculty advisors to find internship opportunities locally, nationally, and globally. Your professors are a valuable resource for making connections with local professionals through guest speaker events, division-sponsored socials, and networking events. Many faculty members at Elms have well-established connections with local agencies, labs, businesses, schools, and hospitals, and are happy to work with students who show interest in professionalization.

Become a Mindful Leader

Completing an internship—or even multiple internships—empowers you to make a difference in area communities. Whether you’re working at an art gallery in the city or a school in the suburbs, there are countless organizations in western Massachusetts and beyond who make it part of their mission to connect with the public. For certain majors, such as criminal justice, social work, nursing, healthcare management, and communication sciences and disorders, helping those in need may be the focus of your internship experience.