Following the freshman year, students are encouraged to seek summer employment and internship opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the profession of their choice. Most employers equate the term “internship” to any short-term college-related work experience.

The Internship Program is an experiential education program individually designed for those with a special academic interest requiring integration of classroom learning with practical experience. The program includes on-campus seminars with academic sponsors as well as non-classroom experience and is open to students with sophomore status or above. The Director of Internships coordinates the program at Berea College. The Director assists faculty and students in identifying and pursuing appropriate academic credit or non-credit internship placements.

Internships can be performed at any time, but most Berea College students focus on the summer session. Some agencies will pay students for their work, while others offer only the experience. In cases where students wish to pursue an unpaid opportunity, college funds may be available at an hourly rate equivalent to on-campus summer scholarship earnings - contact the Director of Internships for details. Other funds, such as the Experiential Education Fund administered through the Office of Student Financial Aid Services, provide stipends for travel and personal expenses.