What is an Internship?

"An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.  Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent." --National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

Benefits of an internship

  • Enhance your resume with career related experience
  • Learn more about a chosen industry or career field
  • Become more  knowledgeable about general work functions
  • Build contacts for future job searches
  • Potentially earn college credit and/or a salary

Eligibility requirements

  • Current Joliet Junior College student
  • One semester completed at Joliet Junior College prior to applying
  • In good academic standing (2.0 or better GPA) and good standing with the Dean of Students
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States

* Please note:  Employers and faculty advisers may have additional requirements.

Steps to pursuing an internship

  • Register on the College Central Network (CCN) site
  • Schedule an appointment with the Internship Coordinator, Layton Cooper, to discuss the JJC internship program
  • Complete or update your resume and submit to the Internship Coordinator
  • View and apply to internship positions posted on CCN
  • Inform the Internship Coordinator about your progress and status


Internship Q&A

Can a student get paid for an internship?
Some internships are paid, but every employer and opportunity is different.  Job postings will typically indicate whether or not the internship is a paid or unpaid experience.

How can a student find an internship?
Students interested in an internship should meet with their academic advisor and/or contact the Career Services Center at (815) 280-2756, email  To learn more about College Central network, visit our student Online Job Postings page.

How can an employer find an intern?
Internships allow employers to preview potential full-time employees or have a reliable, conscientious source for short-term projects.  Employers interested in internship opportunities should contact the Employer Relations Coordinator at (815) 280-2762 or email  Employers can also post internships on College Central Network  To learn more about College Central network, visit our employer Online Job Postings page.

Can a student earn credit for an internship?
Career Services is not an academic department and is not authorized to award academic credit.  Consult with your academic adviser to determine if an internship is required for your degree program. As a JJC student, it is your responsibility to arrange academic credit through your academic adviser. A list of academic advisers can be found on the JJC's Adviser Information page.  You can discuss internship opportunities with either your academic adviser or Career Services.

More information and guidelines
See NACE's Position Paper on U.S. Internships

Praise for the Internship Program at JJC

"Last fall, I had my first experience using Career Services at Joliet Junior College.  Being an alumna myself and having a son currently attending the college, I feel strongly about the education and services that the college has to offer.  Using Career Services helped me as a human resources manager to hire an intern who we in turn hired full time after the internship was through.  What a great way to hire an employee!  It was a win-win situation for us and we would be happy to return to Career Services in the future when the need arises." - Linda A. Sachaschik, Human Resources Manager, Nu Mark Credit Union 

"From the time that I first picked up the phone and explored the possibility of hiring a student from Joliet Junior College up to the time that we actually hired our candidate, the entire process of working with the Career Services' office at JJC was a pleasant and positive experience.  I was extremely impressed by the timeliness, attention to detail and professionalism of the Career Services' office.  Lastly, I was very impressed with the quality of the student candidate pool for the position." - Ben Kuhajda, Controller, R.A. Bright Construction