Internships - Frequently Asked Questions

Most students recognize the value of an internship but they aren't sure where to begin. The Career Planning Center developed this FAQ page to help you get on the right track. If you have another question that you think should be included on this page, please e-mail it to cpc@fairfield.edu.

Internship FAQs

What is the difference between for-credit and non-credit internships?
I'm not exactly sure what industry I want to do my internship in. How can I learn more?
I know what industry I want to do my internship in. How can I find one?
How do I find housing during my internship?
When can I complete an internship?
Who can assist me with this internship search process?


What is the difference between for credit and non-credit internships?

A for-credit internship can be paid or unpaid, and is connected to an academic course that typically involves reflecting on your experience with other students who also have internships. They must be approved by an internship coordinator, department chair, or other faculty member and you must register for an internship course.

A non-credit internship is not connected to an academic course. These internships can be paid or unpaid.

I'm not exactly sure what industry I want to do my internship in. How can I learn more?

The Career Planning Center has put together a series of links about some of the most popular industries for you to explore. You can also use resources like Vault, Wet Feet, and O*Net to learn more about different industries and particular job roles. Counselors in the Career Planning Center can help you with this process.

Once you have an idea of the types of internships you would like to pursue, you can then identify people who currently work in those areas and ask them for an informational interview. An informational interview is a meeting where the job seeker asks for career and industry advice rather than for employment. Make an appointment with a counselor in the Career Planning Center to learn how to network with alumni, what type of questions you should ask during an informational interview, and more.

I know what industry I want to do my internship in. How can I find one?

There are a few ways you can find an internship. Employers who are interested in hiring Fairfield students list their internships on Stags4Hire. You can also utilize internship search engines such as InternMatch, Internships.com, and InternQueen.

The Career Planning Center constantly tweets internship opportunities so follow us @FairfieldCPC.

If you are interested in doing a for-credit internship, please refer back to the internships site that includes directions for each school and college.

How do I find housing during my summer internship?

If you will be interning around the Fairfield area, you can stay on campus in one of our summer housing options. If you are interning outside of the area, local universities often offer affordable summer housing. You can also consider subletting an apartment depending on the length of your internship. Check with your employer first to see if they have arranged for housing or have suggestions.

If you are interning in New York City, you can also check out studenthousing.org or nycintern.org.

More general apartment listings can also be helpful, such as apartmentlist.com and you can also search for roommates on roommates.apartmentlist.com

When can I complete an internship?

You can intern at any point in your Fairfield career if you are doing a non-credit internship. If you're going to do a for-credit internship, check with a faculty member in your major to determine when you can complete an internship. Do this before starting the internship.

Who can assist me with this internship search process?

Students can make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss how to find and apply for internships.

Students are encouraged to speak with faculty members about the internship process as well, especially if they are considering completing an internship for credit. Please refer to the internships page to see how each school and college handles internships for credit.