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Career Connections: Internships

Internships

Did you know a vast majority of employers want to hire someone with relevant work experience? In fact, according to NACE's 2019 Job Outlook Survey, employers ranked having completed an internship in the industry as being more influential in the hiring decision than general work experience and college major.

WCTC has an excellent internship program for students. In 2018-19, 94% of employers reported that they would hire WCTC internship students again. Many academic programs require an internship for credit and some offer it as an elective. Either way, we're here to help you gain that related work experience. 

In this section, you'll find everything you need to know to get started on your internship journey including more information about WCTC internships and program eligibility; which internship staff do you contact; a FAQ section, and current internship course listings.

If you are an employer seeking to hire WCTC talent, please visit our Business Services page.

If you have questions, be sure to contact us. We would love to help you!

WCTC Internships

The WCTC Internship Program allows students to learn in structured employment situations under the supervision of a sponsoring business firm and a coordinating instructor.  Students participate in practical work experience in an area related to their major.
The purpose of the Internship Program is to:

  • Assist students in applying the concepts, hands-on skills, and critical life skills learned in school to the work world
  • Assist students in acquiring knowledge, skills and attitude available only in the job environment
  • Assist students in gaining work-related experience. 

Making the Most of Your Internship

Career Specialst Drop-In Hours

Internship Program Eligilibility

To participate in the Internship Program at WCTC, students must meet certain requirements:

  • Typically have completed first two semesters of coursework.
  • Maintained a minimum GPA of 2.0 (some programs require higher).
  • Be approved by the Internship Office (see below for program contact information).

Some students are able to use a current employer for their internship experience. You will need to check with your respective internship staff person below to make sure.

Internship Staff

 Kim Houk, khouk3@wctc.edu; 262.695.7807
 Accounting, Business Management, Criminal Justice  Studies, Electrical Engineering   Technology, Electronics Technology, Global  Business, Graphic Design, Human Resources, Marketing, Mechanical   Design  Technology,  Mechanical Engineering Technology, Real  Estate, & Web & Digital   Media Design

 Lynda Busack, lnicely@wctc.edu; 262.695.7806
Advanced Metal Fabrication/Welding, Automation Systems  Technology, Automotive Technology–General, Baking & Pastry Management, Culinary Management, Diesel  Equipment Technology,  Hospitality Specialist, Hospitality Management, Industrial Maintenance Technician

 

 Ellen Umentum, eumentum@wctc.edu; 262.695.7809
IT - Computer Support Specialist , IT - Database Specialist, IT - Cybersecurity, IT - Network Specialist, IT -  Web and Software Developer

 

 

I didn't see my program listed. Who do I contact to get started on my internship journey?
Not all programs offer an internship for-credit as an academic requirement or an elective. Don't worry! As a WCTC student, you can still secure an internship. Please contact our office to set up an appointment.

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an internship?
It's a short-term professional work experience with a learning component. Typically, they are semester long commitments. Most importantly, it's an opportunity to gain work-related skills that build upon your academic program. 

What is the difference between an internship, a practicum and a clinical?
At WCTC, you'll see classes labeled as each of these. Different academic programs have experiential learning built in as the form of clinicals, practicums and internships. Some terms are industry or program specific. Each of these experiences allows you to gain related work experience using the skills you are learning in school. 

When are internship courses offered?
Most are offered Fall, Spring or Summer semesters, but you'll want to check your specific academic program to confirm. 

How long do internships last?
On average, internships are short-term commitments, about a semester long. At WCTC, our for-credit internship courses are one semester. 

I didn't see my program listed. Who do I contact to get started on my internship journey?
Not all programs offer an internship for-credit as an academic requirement or an elective. Don't worry! As a WCTC student, you can still secure an internship. Please contact our office to set up an appointment.

Will I get paid for my internship?
Many WCTC students do secure paid internship opportunities. However, some are unpaid. We follow the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) guidelines for internships.

Does the internship staff place me in an internship?
In short, no. We work with students to teach you to secure your position. While we do open doors and connect you to various employers when you take an internship for-credit, it is ultimately your responsibility to secure the position. As we say to students "We'll do everything we can to help you, with the exception of doing all of the work for you." 

Contact Us

262.695.7848 - Main
262.695.7811 - Wisconsin TechConnect​
careers@wctc.edu - Main e-mail

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location
Pewaukee Campus
College Center, Room C-012
800 Main Street, Pewaukee, WI 53072

 

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Recommended Websites

Once approved for the Internship Program, students will have access to InternConnect, an online database to support your internship search and required for use for select for-credit internship courses. Contact your Internship Assistant for more information.
​InternConnect for Students
InternConnect for Employers

Wisconsin TechConnect 
Indeed.com
Internships.com
Job Center of Wisconsin
MilwaukeeJobs.com
InternshipWisconsin.com

Fall 2019 Internship Courses

Current Course Listings
Enter in the search box "Internship" and then select the semester you wish to view for current course listings.