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Employers place high value on skills gained through workforce experience. Internships provide students with the opportunity to learn firsthand about their intended career. Whether pursuing a career as a scientist, accountant, social worker, artist, teacher, journalist or pursuing another post-baccalaureate or post-graduate career, interns develop specific skills and gain experiences that increase their value to potential employers by making them more effective employees.

Students engaged in internships are monitored and mentored in their work site. In cases where the internship is also associated with a course, they are also monitored and mentored by a faculty member. Depending on the nature of the internship, students typically work 45 to 75 hours over the course of a semester on-site for every credit hour they earn.

Interns are expected to:

  • Protect confidential information about the organization providing the internship and information regarding clients of the organization (e.g., business clients, students, patients).
  • Establish and follow a work schedule approved by the sponsoring organization.
  • Working with the sponsoring organization and faculty mentor, create learning objectives for the internship.
  • Represent their sponsoring organization, MWSU, and themselves in a professional manner.

If you are a student ;looking for an internship opportunity or are an employer seeking to post an opportunity, please visit the MWSU Internship site to get started.

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Clinical Practica

At Missouri Western, students in healthcare programs engage in clinical practicum experiences that place them directly into the healthcare system, working alongside practitioners as they learn.  Students in Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Medical Laboratory Science, and Health Information Management spend between 1 and 2 years engaged in these applied learning experiences prior to graduation.

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Teaching Practica

At Missouri Western we believe in getting students into the classroom as soon as possible. Our education majors are placed into classrooms as early as their sophomore year and culminate with a semester long experience in their own classroom as a senior.  Students learn directly from seasoned educators in the classroom, connecting with students of all ages and learning the joys and challenges of teaching firsthand.  You can find out more about teacher preparation at MWSU by visiting the Department of Education.

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Student Employment

Students have a wide variety of opportunities to work on campus while pursuing their degree.  Students serve as lifeguards, transition mentors, tutors, office assistants, and so much more.  Connect with an employment opportunity by visiting the Student Employment Webpage.

EARN: Help pay for educational expenses while pursuing your degree.

LEARN: Gain valuable transferable skills needed to reach your career goals.

CONNECT: Become a valued member of the campus and community workforce.