Make real-world connections

In 2012, U.S. News and World Report names Calvin as one of only 15 schools in the nation for "outstanding internships that enhance student success." It's no wonder since over 82% of Calvin students complete internships as they prepare for careers in medicine, engineering, marketing, environmental education, ministry and more.

At Calvin, you'll have resources at your fingertips to make crucial connections between what you study in courses and the real world. Take advantage of the vast network the Calvin community has created to intern for Airbus in Germany, the New York Stock Exchange, the Harley Davidson division of Wolverine Worldwide, Herman Miller, Zondervan, World Vision and hundreds of other well-established companies and organizations.

Related pages

Careers & Outcomes
An overview of career services and alumni profiles

2012 Graduate Career Results (pdf)
Employment statistics, internship rates, employers

Career Development Office
Career planning and strengths assessments; search for internships and jobs; get resume help; attend job fairs and networking events.

Quick Facts
    • 82%

      of all Calvin students participate in at least one internship

    • 100%

      of English, computer science, nursing, education, film & media and kinesiology majors participate in internships.

    • Companies

      that have Calvin interns include Google, Southwest Airlines, Zondervan, Cleveland Cavaliers, the White House, Johnson Controls and many more.

Our Stories
  • Internships X 5

    Internships X 5

    • Alicia Davids '13 did four internships while a strategic communications major, and now she's at Disney Cruise Lines, doing her fifth.

    Read more »

  • How to turn an English major into a career

    How to turn an English major into a career

    • Samantha Vanderberg '12 talks about her love for words and how her English major helped her land an internship at the one of the largest Christian publishing companies in the world.

    Read more »

  • WOODTV Internship Q&A

    WOODTV Internship Q&A

    • How to make the most of each year at Calvin so that you can land your dream internship later on.

    Read more »

  • A very personal internship

    A very personal internship

    • How a student's family illness led to an amazing research internship at the world-renowned Van Andel Institute in downtown Grand Rapids.

    Read more »

How to find internship opportunities

Through professors in your major, minor or program

Making good connections to professors in your academic programs can be the key to finding your dream internship. Ask professors if they know of companies that regularly hire interns—locally and internationally.

Career services

While you may arrange some internships through your program advisor, Career Development is always available to connect you to internships related to your major or career goal. Learn more, or find internship opportunities through CalvinLink (Calvin password required). 

Comenius Scholars

Make important connections with community non-profit organizations through the Comenius Scholars Program. The program, designed for students in traditional liberal arts majors like history, philosophy and religion, includes a paid internship and a for-credit seminar course.

Jubilee Fellows

Explore your call to ministry in the church by participating in a year-long program that includes a seminar course, a summer internship and fall on-campus service component.

Chicago semester program

This off-campus program gives you the opportunity live in downtown Chicago and intern at a company there for a semester. Learn more

Washington D.C. semester program 

Political science and social work majors spend a semester living and working in Washington, D.C. Learn more