Internships

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Real-World Experience + Networking

An internship is an opportunity to apply your coursework as you engage in real-world experiential learning. You’ll use the theories and principles covered in class as you confront the challenges of the workplace. The value of an internship is gaining priceless, first-hand experience in your chosen field.

The Value of Internships

Student internships provide you with authentic, hands-on experience and give you the chance to focus on developing or improving knowledge and skillsets required for your future career. Internships can open doors for you as you meet and network with current professionals and future employers.

Employers assess the skills and abilities of prospective employees by evaluating their previous work experience in related fields. In addition to being learning opportunities, internships also help students build a strong resume, providing an advantage in a highly competitive job market.

Choose Your Internship Path

The Value of Internships

Bluefield University offers several internship possibilities based on your career plans and degree program. If you’re interested in working at a specific site, please let us know. We may be able to arrange an internship for you. Here’s a sample of what previous students, just like you, have done as an intern:

  • David Gianesin interned with Cole Harley-Davidson as a marketing assistant. He was asked to create an email/text marketing campaign and organize events to foster customer interaction.
  • Exercise and sport science majors have interned with the Bluefield University athletic trainers, a local chiropractor, and physical and occupational therapy services.
  • The criminal justice program has placed interns within local sheriff’s offices, the Federal District Court in Bluefield, WV, and local law offices.
  • Forensic science students have spent their internships working with the National Forensic Academy.
  • Music students specializing in church music have worked with music directors as they lead choirs, direct instrumentalists, and choose music for services.
  • Newspapers, churches, TV stations, and a state Department of Transportation have welcomed communication majors.
  • Students pursuing a biology degree have completed internships in pharmacies, hospitals, and private practices.

Your Future Begins Now

We encourage you to speak with your major advisor to explore the opportunities for a meaningful, hands-on internship in your field. If you’d like to learn more about our program, please contact the Office of Student Development.

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231