Gabriel Yeager, an architectural studies major pursuing a certificate in urban planning, has had an internship at Milwaukee Downtown, Business Improvement District #21 since his freshman year. He now works as a special projects intern, helping enhance the Milwaukee downtown experience. "Some of the greatest experiences in Milwaukee are those unexpected surprise-and-delight moments along the streets,” he says. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Chloe Collins, a double-major in film and advertising, works at MKE Production Rental, handling equipment rentals for video and photography. Through her internship, she has opportunities to help professionals on set as a production assistant. Collins says her internship is helping her become more familiar with equipment and work on professional sets. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Javon Albright, a health care administration major with a business administration minor, works as an intern for Aurora Health Care, helping develop health care strategies related to diversity and inclusion. “Health care needs to meet patients where they are to help them live well and do better in terms of health and fitness," he says. "If we’re leaving that door closed, those populations aren’t being served.” (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Cyndi Bergloff, an American Indian studies major with a minor in linguistics, is doing an internship at Walker's Point Center for the Arts, helping develop a 2018 exhibit featuring work from local, Native American artists. Through her work, she hopes to raise awareness about the local community. “Native people are here in Milwaukee, and they’re thriving," she says. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Khongchee Xiong, a mechanical engineering major, has an internship at STRATTEC Security Corp. through a co-op program. His duties include testing automotive products' durability and functionality by simulating real-life scenarios. Through these tests, he can determine whether the products will meet customers' specifications. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Duncan Glasford, a geosciences major pursuing a fermentation studies certificate, is working with a home brewing cooperative that plans to open a brewery in 2018 and has already been offered a job at their commercial location. Glasford is interested in researching how water quality affects brewing processes. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Many UWM students benefit from internships that allow them to develop practical skills before graduation. Internships give students on-the-job experience as well as networking opportunities with more than 800 Milwaukee-area employers. Students also can receive academic credit for their internships.
Graduating with an internship experience helps graduates boost their resumes and impress future employers. According to a 2017 survey published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook, nearly 91 percent of employers prefer candidates with work experience.