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Internships & Experiential Learning

Landing your dream internship or job is no small task but our Career Development Center and Handshake make the process a whole lot easier.


DeSales’ Career Development Center offers all kinds of tools and resources to help you secure the perfect externship, earn class credit through an internship, or find your career after graduation. One-on-one coaching, networking events, interview practice and etiquette dinners…if it’s a service that’s helpful to your career development you’ll more than likely find it readily available through the Career Development Center.

In addition, DeSales’ students have lifelong access to Handshake — a searchable database of internship, part-time job, full-time job, work-study and volunteer opportunity announcements that the Career Development Office receives from employers. Handshake also allows employers to find you! Post your resume and connect your Handshake account to your LinkedIn profile to put yourself in front of prospective employers from any number of fields.

Ways to Get Career-Related Experience during College

  • Experiential Learning

    Experiential learning is learning by doing. It emphasizes the importance of experience and its role in the learning process. At DeSales University, we offer numerous opportunities for students to gain experience, develop career competencies, and expand their network. To learn more, listen to our podcast on Experiential Learning.

  • Internships

    Internships are experiences in a professional setting that allow students to apply academic theories learned in the classroom.  Internships enable students to gain the critical experience and transferable skills that employers seek in new hires. Internships can be paid or unpaid and may be done for academic credit within the student's major. Learn more about the value of internships.

    Micro-internships are short-term, project-based work that enhances skills and may last anywhere from 5-40 hours.  For more information on Micro-Internships, check out  Parker-Dewey.

  • Externships

    Externships provide a way to further explore a career field through an informational interview or a job shadow. An informational interview is a conversation with a professional to gather and discuss information about a particular field of interest. T

    A job shadow is an on-site experience that allows you to observe a professional in their workplace. 

    The Career Development Center has a list of DSU Mentors; DeSales Alumni ready to connect with students for these learning opportunities.
  • Volunteering

    Volunteering is a great way to get a foot in the door of an organization or career field.  Volunteer work can be done as an individual or with a club. Volunteering is a great way for students to develop skills and build a strong resume.  To get involved, check out the DeSales Center for Faith and Justice.

    Learn more about the value of volunteering.

  • Undergraduate Research

    Undergraduate research is traditionally done through a one-on-one arrangement between the student and a faculty member within their academic department for academic credit. Students should check in with faculty in their area of interest. Undergraduate research is highly recommended for students interested in applying to graduate school.

  • Part-Time & Summer Jobs

    Part-time and summer jobs can be a way to get experience and develop transferable skills in an area relevant to the student's career field or industry. Students can check out Handshake for thousands of opportunities.

  • Leadership in Student and Community Organizations

    Leadership in student and community organizations is viewed favorably and valued by employers.  Students don't have to be the president of the group, just take on a leadership role, like recruiting volunteers or taking a role in an event. The goal is to add and layer experiences to develop those key skills that employers value.

  • International Learning

    International learning allows students to develop a global perspective, cultural humility, and empathy plus experience world cultures.  Students will learn to work with diverse peers, experience new perspectives, communicate in other languages, and learn how to navigate different customs. 

    Learn more about studying abroad.

Alex Krum, Marriage & Family Studies

My internship helped me to gain professional connections and skills which I can use in the future. The learning experience an internship offers goes beyond anything you could learn in a classroom.

— Alexander R. Krumm, Marriage & Family Studies Major, Internship sites: Office of Marriage and Natural Family Planning, Diocese of Allentown, Allentown PA; Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown, Allentown PA