Discover professional connections

Through an internship at Jamestown Community College, you can apply what you’re learning to what you want to do. Connect your academic interests with career goals. Network with professionals. Bring your learning to life. We partner with companies and organizations in our community, across the state, and around the world.

Internships can be paid or unpaid. For-credit, academic internships require a faculty sponsor, completion of at least 12 college credits, and 2.0 GPA. You will complete 45 hours of work for each credit earned.

You can complete an off-campus summer internship for credit and get 50% off the regular per credit hour rate.

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What is an internship?

An internship is a mentored work experience with an educational focus. Internships provide students, new graduates, and career changers with an opportunity to gain important knowledge and skills in a career related field.

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What are the benefits of doing an internship?

An internship can help you narrow your career choices and focus your career goals. You can learn more about where you might like to work, or gain insight about a specific industry or career field. Internships can make you more competitive for full-time jobs and other schools and help you to apply what you learn in the classroom to the workplace. You will meet people in the industry and gain professional contacts. According to the National Association of College Employers (NACE), 70% of employers say that they hire their interns for full-time positions after graduation before looking elsewhere.

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When should I do an internship?

Internships are available fall, spring, and summer semesters. To complete an internship, a student must have earned 12 credits and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Some internships will have additional requirements. Please stop by the Career Services office to learn about all of our opportunities. 

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When should I start looking for an internship?

You can look for an internship as soon as possible, and at least during the semester prior to the semester you wish to do the internship. Many students do not complete their internship until their second year, but it is never too soon to start planning.

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What types of placements are available?

We have many different opportunities available to students that cover most areas of student interest. If you know of a site that is not listed where you would like to intern, please let us know and we will assist you with making contact and setting up the internship.

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Where are the internship positions located?

Most internships are located in our local communities near Jamestown and Olean. We also have international internships and internships located outside of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.

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Do I need to provide my own transportation?

Some internships are available on campus and a few may be within walking distance from campus. If the internship is located in the community, you will need to have reliable transportation to get to and from the internship site. Some internships may require you to drive during internship hours.

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How do I fit an internship into my schedule?

Many of the students attending JCC are employed. Most internships are a credit bearing course and are considered part of your course load, so you will need to schedule for it just like you would any other class. Most employers are aware when they hire college students that they will need to work around their class schedules. 

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Are internships paid?

Some internships are not paid, and some are. The organization providing the internship determines whether or not an intern will be paid.

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What is the difference between an internship and a job?

Ultimately internships should include some form of training along with direct supervision of the work involved. The purpose of an internship is to introduce and train for a particular job or gain experience in a particular career field. Other jobs are done mainly for compensation and usually include more of an entry-level position such as cashiers, lifeguards, ride attendants, camp counselors, or working at a retail store, restaurant, or resort.