Quad Cities Campus

Internships, WIU-Quad Cities

Internship Partnerships in the Quad Cities Area and beyond

An internship can be an excellent way for students in all academic areas to develop additional skills, gain work experience in new contexts, and apply classroom lessons within a professional environment. For a growing number of students, our internship partnerships with various Quad Cities area organizations are providing fascinating learning opportunities, very attractive résumé material, and windows to careers that might have otherwise remained distant. For employers, internship programs provide an opportunity to mentor and train upcoming professionals, create a pipeline of future employees and have needed projects completed by students with new education in their field.

The Quad Cities area internships below are open to applicants from both WIU-QC and WIU-Macomb. Please contact Audrey Adamson in Career Services (anw-adamson@wiu.edu) with additional questions. Please note especially that various academic programs at WIU have their own requirements and application forms for seeking academic credit from internships.

It is critical that an internship be a three-way partnership between a student, the host institution, and the university. Students receiving academic credit for their internship must work closely with their department to ensure all requirements and paperwork are completed. If a student has any doubt about the fairness or appropriateness of work expectations or conditions in a given internship, it is important that they initiate a discussion with their university mentor as soon as possible. Federal regulations for internships applicable under The Fair Labor Standards Act are available at the U.S. Department of Labor website.

Career Development Center - Quad Cities Campus

WIU-QC Career Development assists students in preparing to market themselves to prospective employers. Several career resources are available at www.careers.wiu.edu. Students are encouraged to attend workshops and connect with Career Development early in their college experience.

Leatherneck Link, WIU's online job listing database. Find internship and job postings on Leatherneck Link, WIU’s own career portal. Create a profile, upload your resume and start searching!

Career Development Center - Attend workshops, fairs and schedule appointments to discuss internship opportunities.

Career Development Center - Macomb Campus

Internships are the most important criteria when deciding on new hires, according to a recent national survey. The length of these internships is critical and many employers would like them to be completed during a summer or preferably up to 12 months in duration. Employers use these internships as "proving grounds" and "on-the-job training" for future full-time employees. Employers at Career Fairs often are looking for interns in addition to full-time employees.

Internships

Quad Cities professional organizations for networking and internship resources:

Association of Fundraising Professionals – Quad Cities Chapter – Focused on Development/Fundraising/Grant Writing
Great River Human Resources Association – Focused on Human Resources
PR Network of the Quad Cities – Focused on Public Relation, Marketing and Communications
Institute of Supply Management-QC and APICS-QC – Focused on Supply Chain Management

Kassandra DeFrieze

Kasandra DeFrieze (English 2015) – “I secured an internship with WQPT – PBS Quad Cities as a Development Assistant, using my English degree to write and edit grants and publications. I gained a mentor that has been absolutely crucial to my personal growth. I gained the experience that all employers are looking for. I networked, met the right people, gained exposure and practiced my skills in the real world. As a result, I secured a full time position as a Development Manager for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois before I even graduated.”