Internships and Careers

The Career Center

The University of Washington’s Career Center provides extensive services for current students and alumni. In addition to helping students prepare for the work world, they also support student self-exploration and decision-making. The Career Center provides such services as career and job search counseling; a campus recruiting program; job listings; workshops on resume writing, interviewing, job offer and salary negotiation, internships, and more; employer panels on topics such as interviewing and resume writing; a credential file service; and career fairs.

Please visit the Career Center for more information.


An internship can provide an educational experience in a professional setting to complement a student’s university coursework. Internships vary based on setting, scope of work, compensation, and other factors. These opportunities augment the classroom experience by giving students opportunities to apply knowledge in professional environments and community settings, and they allow students to cultivate relationships with knowledgeable professionals.

The Department of American Indian Studies offers an internship program that allows AIS majors and minors to build real-life work experience while applying AIS knowledge in the workforce. In partnership with Pyramid Communications' Indian Country team, AIS offers a paid 5-credit internship that allows students to build valuable work experience while getting the chance to work on Native causes with Native people.

The Career Center can provide guidance in beginning the search for an internship and understanding the components of a high-quality internship experience.

Examples of established internship programs include:

The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center develops service-learning, community-based participatory research, and leadership opportunities for UW students. These partnerships sustain reciprocal learning opportunities, deepen learning, advance civic engagement, and contribute to our greater community.

The Carlson Center offers General Studies 350, “Independent Fieldwork,” as one option for University of Washington students interested in earning academic credit for integrating an internship experience with academic work.

If you would like to discuss completing an internship for credit as part of your American Indian Studies coursework, contact Elissa Washuta, Academic Counselor, at