The Internship program provides students with the opportunity to gain work experience in their career fields. These opportunities allow students to learn what type of work culture they prefer and if they're in the right field. Internships provide temporary work opportunities that may or may not relate to the student's interest, academic major, and/or career goals. Typically, assignments involve paid, meaningful work, provide hands-on experiential learning, and can potentially lead to future career opportunities.

Criteria for an experience to be defined as an internship 

Internships on Handshake

If you would like search for an internship on Handshake, you must first activate your account. WSU students are automatically on Handshake. Simply log into your account once to activate it.

Activate your Handshake Account:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your Wayne State email address (example:
  3. Click on the blue Wayne State University Sign On box
  4. Enter your WSU Academica ID (example: ab1234) and password

Once you activate your Handshake account you can select the Jobs option to search for available Internship opportunities.

Frequently asked questions

Why is it important to have an internship?

In addition to gaining valuable experience and enhancing your skills overall, an internship exposes you to the real work environment where you can apply classroom learning. Many employers also hire full-time employees from their intern pools.

How can Career Services help me prepare for an internship?

Career Services provides the following resources to help prepare you for an internship:

  • Resume Review
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Interviewing Assistance
  • Career Planning support to help you determine your career path
  • Tips on Workplace Etiquette

Can I register my internship so that my experience appears on my academic transcript?

For more information about registering your internship experience, please contact an Internship Coordinator at 313-577-3390.

Why should I register my internship?

  1. You will have a campus-based, Career Services professional dedicated to you while working off campus. When work politics arise (and they usually do) having open communication with someone with your best interest in mind is a benefit of course enrollment.
  2. "Internship/Co-op Record" documents your work in industry on your official transcript. Your transcript should highlight all educational experiences. Employers want to see your engagement with the internship/co-op process.
  3. The course may help you to keep full time status active with the university. Enrollment in the internship course will address reduced course work taken for that semester.
  4. Employers and professional schools will see how your time was spent when not enrolled in classes or pursuing a lighter course load.
    Just like applicants for employment have to explain gaps in employment on their resume, applicants for professional schools have to explain the gaps in enrollment on their transcript.
  5. It is free! Zero credit Internship/Co-op record course has $0.00 tuition.  

Are internships only available in the summer?

Internship opportunities are available year-round. It is the recommendation of Career Services to seek out internship opportunities at least one to two semesters in advance. For example, if you are seeking a summer internship opportunity, Career Services suggest beginning your search at the beginning or end of the fall term.

Are most internships unpaid?

Career Services promotes paid opportunities. Unpaid opportunities are handled on a case-by-case basis.

I received an internship offer that I am unsure of. Who do I need to contact?

If you have questions about the validity of internship opportunity, please contact an Internship Coordinator at 313-577-3390.