Gain Experience

Ways to Gain Experience

Internships are typically one-time work or service experiences related to the student's major and/or career goal. The internship plan generally involves students working in professional settings under the supervision and monitoring of practicing professionals. Internships can be paid or unpaid, and the student may or may not receive academic credit for performing the internship. Non-clinical internships are available through the Augusta University Volunteer Services Department.  To learn more, click here.

Interning for Academic Credit

If you are looking for academic credit for internships, it is best that you check with your academic department to find out if and how you may obtain academic credit for internships. These regulations vary greatly by academic departments. Very few academic programs at Augusta University require internships; however, Augusta University Career Services is a strong advocate for students getting the experience because we see the value of it daily in the employability of our new graduates.

Although Augusta University Career Services does not provide academic credit for internships, we meet with students who are seeking guidance in finding internships on their own or in conjunction with academic programs. We do offer listings of internships provided by employers that are both paid and unpaid. We also offer guidance for how to develop your own internship contacts and other resources to cultivate experience to coincide with education.

Cooperative Education offers:

  • Flexible work plans

  • Helps students to gain PAID, career related experience while in school

  • PARALLEL CO-OP offers part-time positions in conjunction with school

  • ALTERNATING CO-OP offers alternating terms of full-time work and school

  • Positions typically last at least 2 semesters in length, with more than one third resulting in full-time job offers upon graduation.

  • PAID internships for one semester are also available.

Eligibility Requirements for Co-Op

  • A declared major with at least 24 credit hours complete

  • Enrollment in at least 12+ hours a term (9 hours for graduate students per term)

  • An Overall GPA of at least a 2.5 (Cumulative or Adjusted)

  • Transfer students must have at least one semester at Augusta University in order to establish your GPA at the university

  • Ability to commit to at least two work semesters in a Co-Op assignment while enrolled

If you meet the requirements listed above, call 706-737-1604 to schedule an appointment with your Career Advisor in the Career Services Department to explore registration for co-ops and internships posted with our office.

Volunteering for a non-profit organization is a less structured and less formal way to develop important career preparation skills and contacts.  Review this list of Volunteer Services Sites and Organizations to find an employer whose mission matches your degree or career interests.  

Looking for volunteer experiences in healthcare,  get volunteer experience through the Augusta University College Volunteer Program which offers a volunteer opportunities designed especially for college students. The VolunJAGS College Volunteer program is divided into fall, spring, and summer semesters, enabling college students to volunteer within the medical center during a specific semester without worrying about changing their volunteer schedule every semester as their academic schedule changes. 


If you meet the requirements listed above, call 706-737-1604 to schedule an appointment with your Career Advisor in the Career Services Department to explore registration for co-ops and internships posted with our office.

Co-Op/Research/Science Resources

Getting Involved With Research Whether you plan on continuing your education in graduate or professional school, or plan to enter the job market, performing independent research can help you get there. Getting involved in research gives you the opportunity to learn valuable laboratory skills, be responsible for your own project, and also what it means to be part of a larger picture. The Center for Undergraduate Research can give you meaningful research experiences with faculty on the cutting edge of research.

Opportunities - Volunteering is one of the best ways to gain experience in a field you are interested in pursuing. Many times, volunteer experience can be just as valuable as research experience.

Internship/Co-Op Information - An internship/co-op is any carefully monitored work or service experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience. Internships and Co-ops are excellent ways to build your resume and gain experience in your field of study.

Web Resources-Research and Internship Opportunities: Review a list of possible internship and research opportunities. Click on the website links for internship and research postings.

The Internships Guide - is organized as a clearinghouse for any information the prospective intern might need, with original articles and links to other sources. Both basic and specialized information are available in one site, which is especially helpful for the college student who might not know how to begin the internship search process.

Families USA - is a national nonprofit organization, non- partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Working at the national, state, and community levels, they have earned a voice for health care consumers for over 20 years. Internships are in Washington, DC and paid.

A Guide to Internships from Money Geek - A clearing house for internship tips and links to industry-specific internship opportunities. 

Georgia Legislative Internship Program - This program provides the "best, brightest and most ambitious college and law students with practical professional experience before they enter the working world." - Database of internships all over the US and abroad in a variety of fields.

Serve Net This site is dedicated to matching volunteers with local nonprofit organizations. Includes polls, an interactive library, and newsgroups.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), in the United States Department of Justice, is seeking qualified candidates for the summer, fall and spring semesters. Application Deadlines: Summer Semester

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - internships for students and recent graduates interested in careers in art museums. Visit - type "internship" in the search box.

Summer STAR (Student Training And Research) program is designed to provide biomedical research experience for undergraduate students with a desire to pursue a graduate education in biomedical sciences. The is a ten week summer program on the Augusta University Health Sciences Campus.

U.S. Department of State offers an opportunity for you to get an inside look at the different types of positions and responsibilities available in foreign affairs. Some students work in Washington, DC, and others have the opportunity to work at an embassy overseas. Positions are both paid and unpaid, and many are available during spring, summer or fall.

The Washington Internship Program - This is a company based in Washington, D.C. that assists college students and college graduates with internships pertaining to various fields. The Washington Center provides full-time, quality internships in the Washington, D.C. area for college students in all major fields. All program participants are guaranteed housing space and over 80% of participants receive financial assistance. Interest areas are: government and politics, environment, mass communications, international, nonprofits and law to name a few.