Trying out a career: Internships in the College of Arts and Sciences
Each year, hundreds of students in the College of Arts and Sciences earn academic credit for internships in which they apply classroom lessons to the professional world, gain job experience, explore different careers, and sometimes make contacts that lead to jobs after graduation.
More than a quarter of our graduating students receive their jobs directly or indirectly from internships and summer work experiences. Our students perform so well at their internships that employers often reach out to us and ask us to send more Fairfield students their way.
Fairfield University understands that internship experience is increasingly a necessity to be competitive in today’s job market. Therefore, Fairfield allows students to earn up to six credits for internship experience during their junior and senior year. Usually this means students complete two, three-credit internships.
Issues to consider and discuss with your faculty advisor:
How do I find an internship?
What is Fairfield University's Alumni Job Shadowing program?
Do I want to see what it is like to work in New York City?
Should I try out different careers or use my internship opportunities to gain experience within the same field?
Would I be happier working in an on-campus internship?
Am I interested in an internship with local government?
How can I best prepare for my internships?
Check out more details on internships through specific CAS departments and programs. If your department is not listed, talk to your department chair.
Other Internship Related Links:
Fairfield University belongs to several important communities that shape our patterns of enterprise and accountability and we are committed to responsible citizenship through academic, cultural, and service programming and initiatives.
Bridgeport is among our most important communities. Partnerships with the City's public and parochial schools include not only professional credentialing of teachers and administrators, but also efforts to enrich the educational experience of children in grades K-12. In numerous ways, from soup kitchens to literacy programs to health promotion, the University joins with corporations and community organizations to improve quality of life.
Area education and training needs are also served by our growing number of professional, graduate, and part-time programs designed to provide well-prepared teachers, nurses, engineers, and business professionals. These sectors also draw on the University as a source of interns, career recruits, faculty research as well as education itself.
The University has become a well-established intellectual and cultural center offering a wealth of opportunities to young and old alike. Through these many efforts, both the University community and the Bridgeport community are enriched. The following is a sampling of these collaborations.
Public and Parochial School Involvement
Non-Profit Organization Involvement
Private Sector Involvement
In 2013, Fairfield University, in partnership with the City of Bridgeport, set up a new internship program to place students with Bridgeport city government agencies.
Administrators of the program work with students to place them in city agencies that match their academic majors and interests such as the Mayer's office, the animal shelter, the environmental science office, the city attorney's office, etc.
Students receive academic credit for the internship. If interested reach out to the contact person for more information. Or if you have more general questions, contact:
If you want to suggest an internship for a position not on this list, we encourage you to pursue it anyway. Take a look at the city's website.
Office of the Mayor and CAO: Politics, Communication, Economics, English, Management
Very strong oral and written communication skills, ability to multi-task and meet various deadlines, strong interpersonal skills, detail oriented, bilingual would be a plus. 5-10 hours per week.
Office of Planning and Economic Development: Economics, Politics Engineering, Studio Art/Graphic Design/Film, Architecture, Urban Planning, Geography/Geographic Information Systems, Construction Management, Computer Science, Business, Urban Studies, Sociology, Criminal Justice
City Attorney's Office: Pre-law, Business Law, Politics, Applied Ethics
Very strong oral and written communication skills, research, detail oriented. 5-10 hours per week.
Human Resources: Communication, Management, English (especially Professional Writing)
Excellent written skills. Organized and detail oriented. Works well independently and at times in a team environment. Strong interpersonal skills - must be able to work with all types of employees (race, sex, nationality, entry level, supervisory, department head, blue collar, white collar, etc). 5-10 hours per week.
Film Project: Visual and Performing Arts/New Media, Communication English (especially Journalism)
(5-10 hours per week)
Sustainability: Environmental Studies, Biology, Economics, Chemistry
General Government: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems/Operations Management
Project oriented, detail oriented, multi-tasker. Works well independently. Good oral and written communication skills. Will need to do a great deal of research both in and outside of the City, but will also need to be analytical and think outside the box for solutions. 5-10 hours per week.
Bridgeport Animal Shelter: Veterinary Science, Biology, Communication, Marketing, English (especially Professional Writing and Journalism)
ITS: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Information Systems/Operations Management, English (especially Professional Writing, Journalism)
Good written communications skills, analytical, detail oriented. 5-10 hours per week.