Valuable Work Experience—While You’re Still a Student
Internships and work experience are an important part of your college journey, helping you explore potential career paths and exposing you to a variety of work environments. Many students at Saint Mary's complete an internship—some even more than one.
No matter your program, Saint Mary’s emphasis on real-world application of classroom instruction from industry professionals will ensure what you are learning can be applied to your on-the-job life. Data shows that students who complete an internship while at Saint Mary's are more confident, develop marketable skills, and are more focused on career development and planning—all of which better prepare them for life after graduation.
Internships at Saint Mary's
Many students earn education credits for their internships and establish professional references that can help them secure full-time employment.
Internships allow students to explore their passions and discover alternative career paths that better match their interests. Saint Mary's serves as a connection point between students and employers, recently matching students with organizations such as: Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Zoo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Fastenal, Wells Fargo, Winona County Attorney's Office, and more.
The internship and field exploration programs at Saint Mary's help connect students with carefully designed work experiences to explore their aptitudes, abilities, and interests in relation to possible careers.
The Career Services and Internships Office offers support to help students choose a major and develop career plans, and to help students find jobs or internships after graduation. Students are encouraged to visit the office early in their college career to develop the most effective career path.
Some of the many career counseling services and resources available are:
- Self-assessment tools to assist with choosing a major and developing career plans
- Information on specific careers and employers
- Résumé, cover letter, and interviewing workshops and information handouts
- Career and job fairs
- Opportunities for networking with Saint Mary’s alumni
- Listings for full- and part-time employment and summer jobs
- Graduate and professional school information
- Individual appointments
Saint Mary’s students receive valuable experiences at internships across the region.