Benefits of an Internship

The Menlo College Internship Program is designed to help you apply the knowledge and skills you have gained in your courses to professional settings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. — National Association of Colleges and Employers

The Internship Program will also provide you with opportunities to: 

  • Explore a particular career path
  • Confirm your choice of major
  • Help you decide whether to pursue graduate studies
  • Develop professional skills that aren’t easily gained through classroom learning
  • Learn about Silicon Valley, one of the most unique and innovative business environments in the world

As an intern, you will participate in an internship seminar that will allow you to integrate classroom learning with your field experience and develop key leadership skills, including: goal setting, organizational analysis, and analyzing the external environment in which your internship organization operates.

Internships are becoming an increasingly important component of the undergraduate experience. According to a 2012 study conducted by the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Internships came back as the most important thing that employers look for when evaluating a recent college graduate.” In addition, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) conducted research in 2012 that revealed “…a strong positive relationship between a student having an internship and an increased probability of receiving a full-time job offer while searching for a job prior to graduation.” Menlo College’s graduation requirements ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in up to two academic internships during their time at Menlo.

One of the advantages of Menlo’s Internship Program is that the quality of the internship experience is monitored at all stages of the internship process. All internship opportunities are vetted to meet the National Association of Colleges and Employer’s criteria for a quality internship. An internship program staff member conducts a site visit with each organization as part of the approval process, and internships are supervised by a faculty member.