Make real-world connections
In 2012, U.S. News and World Report names Calvin as one of only 15 schools in the nation for "outstanding internships that enhance student success." It's no wonder since over 82% of Calvin students complete internships as they prepare for careers in medicine, engineering, marketing, environmental education, ministry and more.
At Calvin, you'll have resources at your fingertips to make crucial connections between what you study in courses and the real world. Take advantage of the vast network the Calvin community has created to intern for Airbus in Germany, the New York Stock Exchange, the Harley Davidson division of Wolverine Worldwide, Herman Miller, Zondervan, World Vision and hundreds of other well-established companies and organizations.
of all Calvin students participate in at least one internship/practicum
of English, computer science, nursing, education, film & media and kinesiology majors participate in internships.
that have Calvin interns include Google, Southwest Airlines, Zondervan, Cleveland Cavaliers, the White House, Johnson Controls and many more.
Internships X 5
Alicia Davids '13 did four internships while a strategic communications major, and now she's at Disney Cruise Lines, doing her fifth.
How to turn an English major into a career
Samantha Vanderberg '12 talks about her love for words and how her English major helped her land an internship at the one of the largest Christian publishing companies in the world.
WOODTV Internship Q&A
How to make the most of each year at Calvin so that you can land your dream internship later on.
A very personal internship
How a student's family illness led to an amazing research internship at the world-renowned Van Andel Institute in downtown Grand Rapids.
How to find internship opportunities
Through professors in your major, minor or program
Making good connections to professors in your academic programs can be the key to finding your dream internship. Ask professors if they know of companies that regularly hire interns—locally and internationally.
While you may arrange some internships through your program advisor, Career Development is always available to connect you to internships related to your major or career goal. Learn more, or find internship opportunities through CalvinLink (Calvin password required).
Make important connections with community non-profit organizations through the Comenius Scholars Program. The program, designed for students in traditional liberal arts majors like history, philosophy and religion, includes a paid internship and a for-credit seminar course.
Explore your call to ministry in the church by participating in a year-long program that includes a seminar course, a summer internship and fall on-campus service component.
Chicago semester program
This off-campus program gives you the opportunity live in downtown Chicago and intern at a company there for a semester. Learn more.
Washington D.C. semester program
Political science and social work majors spend a semester living and working in Washington, D.C. Learn more