Experiential Learning and Internships
A cornerstone of the Knox College educational program is the experiential learning component. The Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development encourages students to integrate experiential learning opportunities with their coursework. Experiential learning is a broad term used to describe educational opportunities in which the learner is brought into and learns from direct contact with the phenomena or realities being studied. An internship is one type of experiential learning opportunity that can play a pivotal role in enhancing each student's educational experience.
Internships also are an excellent way to enhance students’ liberal arts educations and increase their likelihood of gaining meaningful employment and/or acceptance into graduate school. Internships give students a chance to take the knowledge the student has learned in the classroom and apply or test it in the world of work. In addition, internships can be incredibly fun and exciting as a student grows as a person and a professional through the challenges and experiences that internships provide.
If you as an employer, have an interest in participating in the Knox Internship Program, please complete and submit the contact form. A staff member of the Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development will be in touch with you to discuss internship opportunities. Also feel free to contact the office via e-mail or directly at 309-341-7494.
Benefits of an Internship
Internships are valuable for both professional and personal reasons. Regarding the world of work, internships provide an opportunity to explore and test career options, to gain experiences and skills needed to succeed as a professional, to build a resume, to network and make critical connections, and to experience a work environment. More and more employers are looking for college graduates with career-related experience. In order to be competitive in today’s job market, a student should be able to show -- through paying jobs, volunteer experiences, and internships -- previous exposure to and seriousness about the career field. Furthermore, internships may actually lead to a full-time job after graduation, since many employers hire their interns.
More Information about Internships
Make an appointment to meet with Knox College’s Internship Coordinator in the Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development. Call extension 7494 to find a time that fits your schedule. We also encourage you to utilize the Career Center’s internship resources, located in our office at 362 S. Academy Street.