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.
|Major||Internship Required (# of hours)||Internship Optional (# of hours)||Top locations for Internships|
|Accounting||0||1 to 6||Koch, POET, InfoSync|
|Art- Visual Arts||Studio- 3/ Graphics -0||0||Associated Advertising, Delta Dental, Pioneer Balloon, and on campus jobs|
|Art Education||9||0||McCollum Elementary, South High School in USD 259|
|Biology||3 hours-Field Biology track||0||Great Plains Nature Center|
|Business Administration||0||1 to 6||Performance Health, Newton and Enterprise Car Rental|
|Chemistry||0||2 to 3||Koch, Invista, Hampell Oil|
|Christian Spiritual Formation||2||0||Center for Student Missions, YouthFront LaCyne, Legacy Ministries|
|Communications||3||0||KAKE TV, KPTS TV|
|Computer Science & Info Systems||0||1 to 6||Koch, NetApp, Non-Profits|
|Criminal Justice||3||0||Wichita Police Department, Juvenile Corrections, Parole Office|
|Elementary Education||9||0||Franklin, Benton, McCollum Elementary in USD 259|
|English Language Arts Education||9||0||Mayberry Middle School in USD 259|
|Finance||0||1 to 6||Koch, Airbus, Bundebank-Germany|
|Health & PE (non licensure)||6||0||(Genesis) Health Clubs and Wichita area YMCAs|
|Health Management||6||0||High School weight rooms, YMCA, health clubs, Wichita Wingnuts, Intrust Bank Arena, shadowing a Physical Therapist, law firm handling hospitals|
|History & Political Science||0||0|
|International Business||0||1 to 6||Lloyd Shoe Factory-Germany, HEAD Skis-Germany, Dusseldorf Airport Authority - Germany|
|Marketing||0||1 to 6||High Touch Communications, Hollister Company, Sodexo, CoriTech Oil|
|Math Education||9||0||Robinson Middle School, Mayberry Middle School in USD 259|
|Music Education||9||0||Southeast High School, Peterson Elementary, USD 259, Maize High School|
|Physical Ed Teacher Ed (licensure)||9||0||Mayberry Middle School, OK Elementary, College Hill Elementary in USD 259|
|Psychology||6||0||Wichita Children's Home, Sedgwick County Mental Health, Big Brothers & Big Sisters|
|Religion/Philosophy||5||0||Center for Student Missions, YouthFront LaCyne, Legacy Ministries|
|Sociology||0||3||Wichita Children's Home, Sedgwick County Mental Health, Big Brothers & Big Sisters|
|Spanish||0||0||Other majors are often served with the service abroad trips to La Salle in Cancun, Mexico, e.g., Health Sciences, Business and Education.|
|Spanish Education||9||0||Hyde Elementary in USD 259, Maize Middle School|
|Theatre||0||1 to 3||Local theatres|
|Zoo Science||2 hours of practicum||2 hours off-site||Sedgwick County Zoo|
If you have any questions about setting up an internship, please contact your Academic Advisor or you may also visit career services.
316-295-5885, 800-794-6945 ext. 5885
Davis Administration Building, Suite 216