Find an Internship or a Job

Students and alumni, join us for the 2019 Fall Internship and Career Fair on Friday, October 18 from 12:00 to 3:00 in Goodwin Hall! All degrees and majors are welcome to attend and network with 50+ employers recruiting for degree-required, full-time positions as well as internships. A wide range of businesses, non-profits, and government entities will be represented. See the Event Calendar for more details.

Thinking about getting an internship? Wondering if it’s a good idea? Consider these facts:

  • According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, more than half of hired interns convert to full-time employees.
  • Employers begin hiring for internships about seven months before the start date.
  • Students who complete internships significantly increase their chances of being hired for full-time employment after graduation.

ACE receives postings from employers offering internships and jobs on a daily basis. All are posted on ACE Connect and the College Career Consortium of Illinois (CCCI), College Central Network. Complete your registration on both to search for opportunities.

Once your registration is complete, submit a résumé for review. ACE also offers assistance with locating internship sites (Note: graduate students need to see their graduate program advisor first).

Obtaining Academic Credit

Students may choose to register and receive academic credit for their internship experience. Credit is awarded in the ratio of 1 semester credit hour per every 50 hours worked on site and may range anywhere from 2-6 semester credit hours. The maximum amount of internship credit that may be counted toward graduation requirements is 6 semester credit hours. To obtain academic credit, students are expected to:

  • Meet with your academic advisor first to discuss internship options.
  • Keep a journal of daily activities including reactions to what is being learned.
  • Submit a final research report related to the internship experience.
  • Evaluate the internship site, supervisor and experience as a whole.
  • Be evaluated by the sponsor and the faculty internship coordinator.
How to Apply for an Internship

Procedures for obtaining an internship:

  • Meet with a career advisor to review and edit your résumé and discuss internship opportunities (you can drop in during walk-in hours or call (630) 829-6041 for an appointment).
  • Search for internships online after creating an account on ACE Connect and the CCCI College Central Network.
  • Obtain the Internship Registration Form from your adviser and turn it into the Office of the Registrar.
  • Complete the Student Learning Contract and turn it in to your adviser within the first two weeks of the internship.
Qualifications of Interns

All prospective interns have completed a significant amount of coursework and have the academic foundation needed to make a positive contribution to any company or organization. To qualify for participation in Benedictine’s internship program, a student must:

  • Be enrolled with degree-or certificate seeking-status for the duration of the internship program.
  • Meet the academic requirements set forth by the sponsoring academic department.
  • Have completed 60 academic credit hours.

Know your rights as a student intern. Students should be aware of their rights. Read the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division fact sheet on Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act before applying for or accepting an internship.

Job Fairs & Campus Interviewing

Job fairs can be a great way to network with potential employers and make a great first impression that could lead to an interview, an internship or a job. Stay tuned for upcoming job and internships fairs on campus and elsewhere. We offer and collaborate on two major career and internship fair offerings:

  • Benedictine University's Fall Internship & Career Fair. Held annually on BenU's campus in the fall. See the calendar for details on the upcoming fair on October 18, 2019!
  • CCCI CareerFest. An annual large-scale career fair produced in collaboration with the College Career Consortium (CCCI) in the spring semester. For more information, see this link.

Look for announcements regarding campus interviewing opportunities on campus at BenU and at participating CCCI schools. Campus interviewing can be an efficient and effective way to apply for jobs or internships with partnering employers.

 

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Student On-Campus Employment

Obtaining a part-time, on-campus job at Benedictine University can be a great way to develop professional skills and experience while earning some income. Visit ben.edu/studentemployment for current openings on campus for undergraduate and graduate students.

You’ll see that the “job status” varies. If you aren’t sure if you have a Federal Work Study award, contact Financial Aid at (630) 829-6100 or visit their office in the Lownik Enrollment Services Center.

If you are interested in working for a department or office on campus that is not listed on the current openings page, contact that department and ask if they have available opportunities.

It is always a good idea to have an updated résumé ready to go before you contact a hiring manager. Drop by during our walk-in hours to work with an ACE representative on revising your résumé. You can reach us at (630) 829-6041.

Graduate School Preparation

The ACE team is available to help you with graduate school preparation – from helping you research the various options and writing an excellent personal statement to submitting your application and practicing effective interviewing skills. See below for some of our online resources and contact ACE for more information or to make an appointment.

Applications for the various graduate exams are available in ACE and can also be found through the appropriate website.

Graduate School Information Online
Tests
  • GMAT - Graduate Management Assessment Test
  • GRE - Graduate Record Examination
  • LSAT - Law School Admission Test
  • MCAT - Medical College Admission Test
  • PCAT - Pharmacy College Admission Test
  • MCAT - Self-Study Web site

 

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Goodwin Hall, Room 214
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
For additional information, contact ACE@ben.edu or (630) 829-6041.