Learning happens inside and outside of the classroom. As you are preparing for professional practice, internships are a very important part of your educational experience. Internships are offered in many different formats:

  • Required or optional
  • Paid or unpaid
  • Local or national
  • Short-term or long-term

Regardless of the type of internship, all experiences can help you better understand your field, gain valuable experience, establish professional networks and prepare for your future. In many situations, internships directly lead to full-time employment following graduation.

At Friends University, we work very hard to ensure that you will gain valuable experience in your field. Advisors, instructors and professional staff work to educate you about different possibilities and how they may positively influence your professional path. Securing a good internship experience can drastically influence your professional career.

Friends University students greatly benefit from attending a college in the city of Wichita. The greater Wichita area is home to outstanding school districts, nationally and internationally respected organizations, a wide variety of non-profit organizations, hundreds of churches and much more. Additional opportunities through Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) and the Kansas Leadership Center can provide you with ample opportunities to learn, grow and meet other young leaders in the Wichita community.

The following list represents all of the Major options in the College of Business, Arts, Sciences, and Education with information regarding internship hours and recent locations where our students have had positive internship experiences. For more information, please contact a faculty member within your desired field of study or your admissions counselor.

MajorInternship Required (# of hours)Internship Optional (# of hours)Top locations for Internships 
Accounting 01 to 6Koch, POET, InfoSync
Art- Visual ArtsStudio- 3/ Graphics -00Associated Advertising, Delta Dental, Pioneer Balloon, and on campus jobs
Art Education90McCollum Elementary, South High School in USD 259
Biology3 hours-Field Biology track0Great Plains Nature Center
Business Administration 01 to 6Performance Health, Newton and Enterprise Car Rental
Chemistry02 to 3Koch, Invista, Hampell Oil
Christian Spiritual Formation 20Center for Student Missions, YouthFront LaCyne, Legacy Ministries
Communications30KAKE TV, KPTS TV
Computer Science & Info Systems01 to 6Koch, NetApp, Non-Profits
Criminal Justice30Wichita Police Department, Juvenile Corrections, Parole Office
Elementary Education 90Franklin, Benton, McCollum Elementary in USD 259
English Language Arts Education90Mayberry Middle School in USD 259
Finance01 to 6Koch, Airbus, Bundebank-Germany
Health & PE (non licensure)60(Genesis) Health Clubs and Wichita area YMCAs
Health Management 60High School weight rooms, YMCA, health clubs, Wichita Wingnuts, Intrust Bank Arena, shadowing a Physical Therapist, law firm handling hospitals
Health Sciences00
History & Political Science00
International Business01 to 6Lloyd Shoe Factory-Germany, HEAD Skis-Germany, Dusseldorf Airport Authority - Germany
Marketing01 to 6High Touch Communications, Hollister Company, Sodexo, CoriTech Oil
Math Education90Robinson Middle School, Mayberry Middle School in USD 259
Music Education90Southeast High School, Peterson Elementary, USD 259, Maize High School
Music Performance00
Physical Ed Teacher Ed (licensure)90Mayberry Middle School, OK Elementary, College Hill Elementary in USD 259
Psychology60Wichita Children's Home, Sedgwick County Mental Health, Big Brothers & Big Sisters
Radiological Technology00
Religion/Philosophy50Center for Student Missions, YouthFront LaCyne, Legacy Ministries
Sociology03Wichita Children's Home, Sedgwick County Mental Health, Big Brothers & Big Sisters
Spanish00Other majors are often served with the service abroad trips to La Salle in Cancun, Mexico, e.g., Health Sciences, Business and Education.
Spanish Education90Hyde Elementary in USD 259, Maize Middle School
Speech-Theatre Education90
Theatre 01 to 3Local theatres
Zoo Science2 hours of practicum2 hours off-siteSedgwick County Zoo