Hendrix College encourages and requires experiential, hands-on learning as a part of every student’s education. The Hendrix Internship Program gives students the valuable opportunity to acquire direct, practical work experience paired with intentional,
academic learning components. This combination provides a rich setting for academic, personal, and career-oriented growth and reflection, and we encourage all student interns to create a positive and meaningful experience with their internship site. To learn more about our internship program and get started on searching for opportunities, contact the Career Services Office. Up-to-date internship listings can be found on HireHendrix (see below), or by following @HDXintern on Twitter.
- Fall Semester Internships: the second Friday of classes
- Spring Semester Internships: the second Friday of classes
- Summer Internships: the Friday of Spring Semester finals week*
*There is a required meeting for summer interns, always held the last day of finals at 11:30 a.m. More specific information can be found in the internship registration packet.
Internship Requirements and Information
To participate in the Hendrix Internship Program, students must be at least sophomore level and in good academic standing with the College. Additionally, they must complete at least eight weeks and 120 hours of work at an internship site off campus, work
with a Hendrix Faculty Internship Sponsor who will provide the academic framework for the internship experience, and complete the Career Services Internship Seminar. Professionally related experiences that do not meet these criteria may still qualify
as "professional field experiences" appropriate for Odyssey credit in the Professional and Leadership Development category. (See Odyssey Program Guide.) Students
may complete internships during the fall and spring semesters, as well as during summer break.
Internships may receive the following credit:
- Academic Grade (letter grade assigned, factored in GPA and counts for graduation, and included in student's schedule),
- Academic Course Credit (no letter grade assigned, counts for graduation, and
included in student's schedule), or
- Odyssey Credit (preapproved PL credit)
Students may seek Odyssey credit concurrently with either option for academic credit. A Career Services staff member can discuss these options with you in more detail.
How do I find an internship?
- Schedule an appointment with Career Services. Our friendly staff can help you talk through your interests and how those might translate into internships in different career paths, geographic areas, or industries and organizations. We can brainstorm ideas based on previous internships sites, or help you recognize and use your own network to gain opportunities.
- HireHendrix is Career Services' internal job and internship posting system, which gives you access to a wide variety of local and nationwide internship opportunities. In addition to internships, postings include post-graduate jobs, post-graduate fellowships,
part-time jobs, and summer opportunities that we receive from families and friends of Hendrix, alumni, and other employers who have strong interest in hiring Hendrix students.
- Check out the Internships Bulletin Board. Located outside of SLTC 226, our bulletin board features information and deadlines for a wide range of internship opportunities located across the country.
- Hendrix subscribes to
www.internships-usa.com. This is a dynamic and truly excellent search tool for finding internships all over the country as well as internationally. Contact our office to get Hendrix’s login information for this website.
- Find and research the websites of professional organizations tied to the career field(s) in which you are interested in working. Most have pages dedicated to students, which often list available internships as well as resources for graduate school and
- Network! Talk your friends, family, Hendrix faculty and staff members, past employers, alumni, and people you know in the field. You never know from where the next lead will come. The more people who know you are looking for an internship, the better
chance you’ll have of making a connection. Join a site like LinkedIn and connect with the Hendrix College Alumni Association group and other organizations. There are more ways than ever to connect with people in your career field of interest; use your technology to your
Internship Proposal Packet
All students who wish to pursue a Hendrix internship must complete an Internship Proposal Packet, which is available
in the Career Services Office. This packet provides all parties with important rules and information. It also requires signatures from the internship site supervisor, the faculty sponsor, the student, the academic advisor, the department
chair (only if internship will count toward major), the registrar (only if internship is for academic grade or credit), and Career Services. The packet must be completed in full before the start of the internship.
How will you know you like a career until you “try it on”? Shadowing is a great way to experience what a real “day-in-the-life-of" an accountant, museum curator, small business owner, pediatrician, advertising manager, or some other professional is
like. Thanks to our connections with Hendrix alumni as well as central Arkansas businesses and non-profits, the Office of Career Services can help you connect with a professional to shadow. Shadowing experiences are usually much shorter than an internship,
ranging anywhere from half a day to a week.
Hendrix Alumni Physicians Shadowing Program
This formalized shadowing program is open to all students interested in the healthcare field. Each spring, the Office of Career Services contacts alumni physicians practicing in Arkansas to gauge their interest and ability in hosting Hendrix pre-med students.
We then collect student interest forms and try to match as many students as possible. After an orientation session, students are then able to contact their matched physician for a day of shadowing in their clinic or hospital. Though our physicians are located in the state of Arkansas, ALL students are encouraged to participate. We attempt to match in-state students with alumni from their hometown region and reserve central Arkansas physicians for out-of-state or international students. Students without transportation will be matched with an office that can handle multiple shadowers and a student who can drive. Contact the
Career Services Office to learn more about our alumni physicians shadowing program, or become a member of the Pre-Health Club/AED student organization.