At Grand View, you’ll have many opportunities to get acquainted first hand with what it will be like to work in your chosen field. Most majors offer or require at least one internship, practicum, clinical or other job-related experience before graduation.
For a look at how valuable – and interesting – an internship can be, watch this video featuring Susie Stearns, director of Grand View's Career Center and two GV students, as they appeared on CollegeWeekLive. WATCH VIDEO. (Link not mobile-friendly.)
Your first year
You won’t have to wait until you’re well along in your studies to get involved in hands-on practical activities. Starting with your first year, you’ll begin to practice in your field at on-campus facilities. You might operate the latest radio and television equipment in Cowles Communication Center … write for the Grand Views student newspaper … practice clinical skills at the Wellness Center … create your own company in a business major capstone course … polish your creative skills in the fully equipped graphics design lab … or explore the structural and functional relationships of the human body in the cadaver lab.
The Des Moines advantage
Internships and related practical experiences, depending on your major, give you more than just a taste of your future career. They also lead to jobs. According to results of the 2004 Job Outlook survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers rated their internship programs as the most effective recruiting method they use for hiring new college graduates; they hired more than 38 percent of their interns into full-time positions.
Thanks to Grand View’s location in Des Moines and our close relationships with central Iowa employers, you’ll have a wealth of internship opportunities to choose from. Or you can create your own summer opportunity outside of central Iowa with the support of our Director of Internship Programs.
You could intern for organizations like these:
Iowa Health - Des Moines
Des Moines Arts Festival
Denman & Company CPA
The Des Moines Register
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Iowa Council for International Understanding
Blank Children's Hospital
Mauck & Groves Design
Des Moines Buccanneers Hockey
Polk County Juvenile Detention Center
Children and Families of Iowa
Support for your success
Whether your field is accounting, education, graphic design, nursing, biology, journalism, or one of our other majors, your departmental faculty and our Career Center staff will support you in your internship experiences by helping you choose the right opportunity and fulfilling your employer’s requirements.
For more information, please go to the Career Center pages on internship planning and resources.