Internship FAQs

What is an internship?

An internship is work experience related to your major field of study. Internships can be completed on-site or virtually. Students usually complete their internship in the summer, but some internships are completed throughout the semester, often called co-op or cooperative education.

Where can I find an internship?

You can start by searching for your internship on Handshake, which is a job portal hosted by Career Services. Other avenues include: attending our career fairs, (PV Step Internship),,, and In addition, network with friends, family members, classmates, and professors. You should start early to search for an internship. Stop by Career Services to have us review your resume, which is the tool to get an interview.

Can I receive academic credit for my internship?

Possibly, some degree plans require you to take an internship course. This process is handled by your academic department. Also keep in mind, that some internships require you to receive academic credit, so make sure you know their requirements before applying.

If I am an international student, such as F1 can I receive an internship?

Yes, a great number of PVAMU international students have received internships. Ensure you are doing the following: networking, refining your communication skills, research international employee friendly employers, have your resume reviewed and checked that it is in US style, complete a mock interview, understand OPT / CPT, and be involved in campus organizations and activities.

Do employers come to our campus to recruit?

Yes, throughout the semester employers visit our campus to recruit students. Please stay in touch with the Career Services office to learn when these employers will be on campus. In addition, participate in Career Service programs, which often have employers present. Employers recruit heavily on campus during the spring and fall job fairs.

What are the benefits of having an internship?

If you complete an internship with a company you are about 50% likely to receive a full-time job offer. If you complete two internships, you have about a 90% chance of being offered a full-time job ( Internships are beneficial often because they involve pay, but they give you a chance to apply what you have learned in the classroom and demonstrate this on your resume.

How many hours can I work as an intern?

Usually summer internships or co-ops ask you to work about 40 hours per week. If you are completing an internship during the semester and taking class, we recommend you work about 20 hours per week. If you are receiving academic credit, you will need to make sure you work the required number of hours, so check with your internship professor and relay this information to your employer.

What if I need to take a leave from school to complete my internship or co-op?

Please visit the Internship Program Coordinator at Career Services to complete the “Academic Scholarship Leave of Absence” Form.

Do I notify someone if I accept an internship offer?

Yes! Please notify the Internship Program Coordinator immediately. Each year we have a special program recognizing students who have accepted an internship or full-time position.

Where can I find a list of companies who have hired PVAMU students as interns?

The kinds of internships available to students include areas such as, education, business, health, family and consumer science, agriculture, engineering, technology arts/media, parks/wildlife, and criminal justice. Some companies students have completed internships include:

Turner Construction
Sanderson Farms
Austin Commercial
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
KRIV Fox 26 TV
ESPN Radio 97.5
The Houston Sun Newspaper
The Panther Newspaper
Texas A&M Agrilife (Texas 4-H)
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Harris County Probation Department
Rockdale Regional Juvenile Justice Center
ProcewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Apple, Inc.
Sandia National Laboratories
John Deere
Dalfa Technologies Co.
Goodman Manufacturing
Dannenbaum Engineering Corp
Focusing Families
Domino's Corporate
Air Liquide
Waller County Justice Court Precinct 3 (Judge M. Jackson)
IBT Texas A&M University
Young Life Ministries
Peter Kiewit and Sons
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Texas Shakespeare Festival
PV STEP Internship Program

Are there any special workshops or seminars we can attend to help prepare us for an internship?

Yes, Career Services offers many professional development events to help students. Some of these events include: the Career Services Leadership Institute, Internship Bootcamp, Internship Application Day, Request a workshop, Don’t Cancel Your Class, and Pre-Career Fair Seminars.  Please continue to visit our website to register for these events.