Internships and Job Shadowing

Internships

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. Contact the Career Services Office to learn more about our internship program and get started on searching for opportunities.

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. (Please note: While the Career Services Office runs the Hendrix Internship Program, it is the responsibility of the Hendrix Faculty Internship Sponsor to ascertain grade/credit decisions.)

How do I find an internship?
  • The Career Services Resource Library in SLTC 238 has several materials that will help you in your search for the perfect internship. Students are particularly encouraged to review the blue Internship Inventory Binder, which provides a comprehensive list of all internships recently completed by Hendrix students that is sorted both geographically and by major/interest area. Previous internship locations are great places to search because they are already familiar with Hendrix and how great our students are!
  • 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 employment opportunities.
  • 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 advantage!
Internship Proposal Packet

All students who wish to pursue a Hendrix internship must complete an Internship Proposal Packet, which is available online or in the Office of Career Services. 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.

Job Shadowing

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 medical field. Each fall, 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. In our first year, we matched more than 50 students with 32 different alumni physicians in the state. We hope to expand the program to include a few out-of-state locations such as Dallas and Memphis over the next few years. We also hope to benefit even more students by branching out to other high-interest areas, such as pre-law. Contact the Career Services Office to learn more about our alumni physicians shadowing program and how to obtain a student interest form.

Contact Us

Hendrix College Office of Career Services
SLTC - 2nd Floor
1600 Washington Avenue
Conway, Arkansas 72032
Phone: 501-450-1440
Fax: 501-450-1260
Email: careerservices@hendrix.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
             (closed noon - 1:00 p.m. for lunch)