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1200 S. Jay St.

Aberdeen, S.D. 57401


Phone: 605-626-2371

Fax: 605-626-3399




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Internships can be found anywhere, in any environment, to help you gain experience in your career field. in addition the resources listed below, each of the NSU academic schools provide information on internships.

Internships for Credit
Internships for credit are always determined by your major department.  They can be done for 1-12 credits, usually.  All of the planning and arrangements must be done with your department before you do the internship.  Most academic internships are done in the junior or senior year (or both).  The student must pay for the credits earned.
Internships for Pay
Most internships are paid positions, although some are unpaid.  Interns in businesses generally receive pay by the hour or by the project.  Many students receive both academic credit and pay. 
If a student does not wish to receive academic credit, the internship can still be done for pay and experience.  Many summer and part-time positions can be done as internships.
Internships for Experience
All internships are designed to provide experience for the student, whether or not the positions are paid.  This is an important part of the planning that goes into an internship, to assure that the student will learn and use professional skills and receive adequate training, supervision, and feedback.  If unpaid (some police departments, hospitals, etc.), the institution is generally agreeable to schedule you so that you can also work for pay in another position.
Where Can I Intern?
Recently, students have interned in businesses, agencies, churches, offices, and health care facilities in Aberdeen; businesses and state offices in Pierre and other SD cities; federal offices in Washington D.C., as well as federal agencies such as the Department of the Interior (National Park Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, etc.); in their home towns in businesses and agencies; in summer camps of all types; at Disney World; at NSU; and others.  Internships are also available in New York City and other metropolitan areas, both for highly competitive positions such as in large museums and for positions similar to those found in any locality.  There are even colleges/universities in NYC and DC that open their housing facilities to interns, to avoid expensive lease commitments and
apartment searches.

In short, if you have a goal, there is probably an internship that will help you reach your goal.  The key is to begin early.  For example, summer internships with state and federal agencies often require that you apply by mid-January or early February.  March 1 is another common date for application deadlines.  They all require that you submit a résumé, portfolio, essays, or other materials that require careful planning and scrutiny.


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Federal Internships


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North Dakota Internship Opportunities


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Northern State University Academic Department Internship Information