Internships at Aquinas

Apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to a professional setting; build skills, knowledge, and experience and become a stand out candidate post-graduate. 


Internships provide opportunities to “test-out” a career field, strengthen a vocational path, and establish mentoring relationships.

Internships may be completed for academic credit, may be paid or unpaid, and are available in nearly every academic discipline.

Individual advising is available for students hoping to intern locally, nationally, or abroad.

Our unique program incorporates learning assessments, reflection exercises, and participation in a poster session to ensure students have the best possible experience and are able to articulate what they have learned.


Schedule an Appointment

Schedule an appointment via Handshake to discuss your internship search, one of the specific internship away programs, or if you have secured an internship, the registration process: Select Career Center – Appointments – Request an appointment – Internships – Select which appointment you need.


Internship Requirements

You may earn up to 12 internship credits during your AQ career. Internships should be a new learning experience that builds World Ready Skills, such as critical thinking, teamwork, and communication. Internships need to be requested through Handshake and approved by faculty.


Find an Internship

Starting your internship search early is key to finding the perfect opportunity. Handshake is a great place to start, and you should begin by narrowing your geographic location. Don’t be afraid to use the filters sparingly, as the perfect opportunity may already be right in front of you. Additionally, don’t forget to tap into your network of family, friends, coaches, and faculty members – these connections can be invaluable in helping you find the perfect internship. Our best advice? Attend career fairs and on-campus events to meet recruiters in-person! Building relationships over time is key to standing out.

Find an Opportunity

It is absolutely true that valuable experiences do not always involve an internship. There are many other ways to build a strong resume and strengthen skills, such as part-time jobs, long-term volunteering, or engaging with your community. We are here to support and guide you in finding the best path that can help you reach your goals. We can also help you to confidently articulate these experiences in a way that will maximize your chances of success. Finally, be sure to meet with someone in the Advantage Center in your sophomore year to discuss the possibilities and get the most out of your search.

Hear from our students about their internship experiences!

Internship Away

Get on-the-job experience beyond GR!

Disney College Program

Aquinas College partners with the Disney College Program, meaning that students can earn credit while participating in the Program. Gain experience working at Disney parks and resorts and build transferable skills such as problem solving, team work, and communication.

Washington Internship Institute

Open to all majors, Washington Internship Institute offers students a competitive internship placement, rigorous coursework, and the opportunity to work in D.C. At this time, only the summer program is available to Aquinas students for credit. Application fee is waived for Aquinas Students. Fellowships and Scholarships may be available and will be discussed during your meeting with Advantage Center staff.

Chicago Semester

The Chicago Semester is a long running program that places students from many academic backgrounds into exciting internships in the windy city. As a participant, you will also take a course on Diversity & Inequality and learn the ins and outs of Chicago. Chicago Semester does not qualify for the Summer tuition discount. Scholarships may be available.

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Contact & Location

(616) 632-2126

Mother Victor Flannery Hall

Aquinas College
Advantage Center
1700 Fulton St. E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49506-1799

Career Service Hours

Monday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm