The Office of Field Experience at Iowa Wesleyan College works to facilitate and enhance the educational experience by assisting students in locating internships related to their academic program and career goals. These valuable work experiences enable the student to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom to real world situations under the supervision of a professional in their field.
From the perspective of participating businesses and other establishments, this arrangement may provide well-qualified and highly motivated staff to meet peak demand while exposing students to career opportunities available with the organization.
To learn more about this program, please click on the student, employer or parent links of your preference.
One of our recent grads is quoted in the article on Life After Graduation on page 24. Read it here
Director of Field Experience
Field Experience Program Assistant
Letter to Employers from Dan Shull, Director of Field Experience
Iowa Wesleyan College would like to thank you for partnering with us to provide valuable internship learning experiences for our students. We value the commitment you demonstrate in assisting our students in the development of the skills necessary to be successful contributors in our state's economy.
Internship opportunities play a pivotal role in the growth of professional relationships between students and our region's businesses. Our experiential programs provide the framework for retaining students in our area by demonstrating to them the professional opportunities available in Iowa and nearby Midwestern states. We sincerely hope the links listed to the right will provide you with the support you may need to develop internship opportunities within your firm. Further, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments you may have about our Field Experience program.
How does my son/daughter find an internship?
Searching for an internship is very similar to that of a job search. Students should by reflecting upon what kind of internship would be related to their area of study and career interests. Your son or daughter will have the guidance of The Director of Field Experience to assist them in the identification and selection process as well. Internships can be found through online internship/job search web sites or can be developed through direct contact and/or "networking" efforts.
When should my son/daughter start planning for an internship?
Students who are interested in completing an internship may start planning as early as their sophomore year. Depending upon the student's major, the internship may actually be done during the junior or senior year. A majority of students perform their internship during their senior year, or during the summer between the junior and senior year.
Internships can be planned for any time of year or semester, although many students take advantage of the opportunity to do their internship during the summer in their hometown, when they can defray expenses by living at home. The earlier a student begins planning the more likely the internship will be a positive and rewarding one.
What does my son/daughter do to get the process started?
Students should make an appointment to meet with the Director of Field Experience no later than the first semester of their junior year. See our Steps for Arranging Field Experience for guidelines and steps students should follow.
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For more information please contact:
Director of Field Experience
Iowa Wesleyan College
601 North Main
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641-1398