Information for Employers

Thank you for your interest in working with students from the College of Arts and Sciences. The College offers 40 majors from 13 different academic departments. In the classroom, Arts and Sciences majors are encouraged to interpret, explore, analyze, discover, and truly understand the human experience. In keeping with Marquette's dedication to social justice and leadership in service, we encourage students to put those lessons to work outside the classroom as well, becoming problem-solvers and agents for change in their communities.

Arts and Sciences students are ambitious and eager for internship opportunities that enable them to further their professional development in an employment setting and apply knowledge from their classroom learning. Our office guides students through the process of finding an internship that provides an educational experience, furthers their professional development, and allows them to explore different careers and professions. We also offer students a chance to earn academic credit for their internship. If you like the idea of mentoring students and providing them with professional guidance, and/or your company is seeking to develop a pipeline of well-qualified, bright, and articulate students, we strongly encourage you to partner with the Arts and Sciences Internship Office. Employers who are interested in offering a paid internship should contact our Internship Coordinator, Sarah Curry, for more information.

We also encourage you to explore the links below for more information about:

Why to hire an intern

How to establish an internship program

Employer guidelines for hiring interns



Why hire an intern?

While internships are invaluable to students' professional development, they can also be very useful for employers. Not convinced? Check out these top benefits of hiring an intern:

Inviting a different perspective

Interns can bring innovative ideas and technology to the organization, providing new solutions to old problems.


Retaining talent locally

One major concern in the business community is a so-called "talent gap" or "brain drain," which results from a growing number of college graduates leaving the state for opportunities elsewhere. Internships help students establish local connections, making these highly-trained and educated future professionals more likely to stay within the state following graduation.


Building a pipeline of future employees

Internships allow you to see potential future employees in action before making a full-time commitment. Additionally, if students have good experiences at your organization, they are likely to tell their friends about the experience, increasing the young talent that wants to work for your organization.


Supporting students in the community

Through internships, students gain experience, develop skills, and assess their interests and abilities. Internships contribute greatly to a student's professional and personal growth which, in turn, enhances the local workforce as a whole.


Improves leadership and supervisory skills of your employees

When employees mentor interns, they develop skills in being effective leaders and supervisors.


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Questions or comments about internships in the College of Arts and Sciences? Contact our internship coordinator:

Sarah Curry
Internship Coordinator, College of Arts and Sciences
(414) 288-4434



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How to establish an internship program

As the list above indicates, interns provide employers with numerous long-term and short-term benefits. If your organization does not already have a well-established internship program, you may be wondering where to start. Check out this guide for establishing a quality internship program.

We also encourage you to contact our office with any questions or concerns. Email us at or call our Internship Coordinator, Sarah Curry, at 414-288-4434.

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Employer guidelines for hiring interns

Employers should be aware of certain guidelines regulating the employment of unpaid interns. The Department of Labor has outlined six criteria which must be met when determining whether an internship can legally be classified as unpaid. Check out this fact sheet from the Department of Labor to ensure that your unpaid internships meet all of these requirements. While the fact sheet applies to both for-profit and nonprofit employers, the National Council of Nonprofits has compiled additional information that may be of value for nonprofits who are hiring an intern.


If you have questions or concerns about whether your unpaid internships meet these criteria, please email us at or call our Internship Coordinator, Sarah Curry, at 414-288-4434.

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