• Internships

    What is an internship?

    An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent." --National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

    An internship is practical work experience that is directly related to your major field of study or career interest. Internships are typically short term in nature and typically last anywhere from 3 months to a year. Most internships are part-time during the school year and/or full-time during summer or winter break. Some are paid and others are not. For information about earning academic credit, talk to the internship supervisor in your department.

    Why should I participate in an internship?

    A great internship experience can expose you to many aspects of an industry and will promote the development of transferable skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Many college students participate in internships to gain relevant experience in a particular career field as well as to get exposure to determine if they have a genuine interest in the field. Internships are also an excellent way to begin building connections that will be invaluable in developing and maintaining a strong professional network for the future.

    How do I obtain an internship?

    There are many resources available to assist you in finding an internship. You should pursue several different strategies in your search including:

    • Office of Career Services: Our office can help you identify sources for internship opportunities and evaluate those you might be considering. We can also assist you in putting together your resume and cover letter for any opportunities in which you are applying.
    • Networking: Speak with family, friends, faculty, college advisors about what type of internship you want and when and where you want to do it. They might be able to provide you with some contacts and advice for getting started. The department chair in your major area may be able to provide you with a listing of employers that have hired previous students for internships.
    • Job Boards: There are several websites that are dedicated to internship listings. Check out www.internships.com, www.jobcentral.com or conduct an internet search to locate additional online job boards.
    • Contact Employers: Contact or visit employers in the region and inquire about part-time jobs or internship opportunities. To find listings of employers in your career area of interest, the yellow pages can be a good resource!
    • Job Fairs: Attend career/job fairs locally and within the region you would like to pursue an internship. Many employers that participate in career/job fairs have internship opportunities. Even if the employer is not looking for interns, you may still want ask about the possibility. To view a listing of upcoming local job fairs, click here.

    Internship Partners and Faculty Supervisors by Academic Department

    Click on the department name below to view a listing of employers that have previously hired student interns from that department.

    • Art

      Supervisor: Mike Jones
      The Richards Group (Dallas, TX)
      Zachry Associates, Inc. (Abilene, TX)
      Core Group Advertising (Dallas, TX)
      InFocus Video (Abilene, TX)
      Abilene Regional Medical Center (Abilene, TX)

    • Business

      Supervisor: Dr. Doug McIntyre
      Milsoft Utility Solutions, Inc.
      Abilene Regional Medical Center
      Hendrick Health Center
      American Heart Association
      Perini’s
      State Farm Insurance
      K Mart
      First United Methodist Church
      Condley & Company, CPA
      Davis Kinard & Co, PC
      Busch Jewelers
      Best Buy Co.
      Texas High School Rodeo Assoc.
      Guidestone Financial Resources
      Walgreen Co.
      Texas Tech Small Business Dev. Center
      Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau
      Baker Ready Mix & Building Supplies
      Diamondback Golf Club
      The Marketing Arm
      Victory Records
      FFIN
      Deaconess Hospital
      Briercroft Fire and Water Restoration
      Stamford Memorial Hospital

    • Criminal Justice

      Supervisor: Dr. Karin Brown
      Abilene Police Department
      Taylor County Sheriff’s Department
      Taylor County District Attorney
      Taylor County Juvenile Justice Center
      U.S. Postal Service
      Taylor County Restitution Center
      Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Parole Division
      Taylor County Domestic Relations Office
      Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
      Taylor County Community Supervision and Corrections Department
      Abilene Fire Department
      Serenity House Substance Abuse Treatment Facility
      U.S. Probation Department
      Emergency Management Department
      Winter's Police Department
      Child Advocacy Center at the Taylor County Law Enforcement Center
      Forensic Science Department (APD)
      Regional Crime Victim Crisis Center
      Victim's Assistance Office (DA's Office)
      Child Protective Services
      Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division (Chaplaincy Program)

    • Communication

      Supervisor: Charlene Strickland
      AAF Abilene ( American Advertising Federation)
      Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau
      Boys and Girls Club of Abilene
      BSM
      Big Brother Big Sister
      Creative Graphic Solutions
      Cultural Affairs Council
      Cumulus Broadcasting
      The Grace
      Glass Jar Studio
      HSU Sports Information
      HSU Office of Alumni Relations
      HSU Neighborhood Enhancement Center
      HSU Student Development
      HSU News and Information
      Healthy Skin Day Spa
      Hendrick Hospital
      Hendrick Home for Children
      National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature
      Jordan Taylor & Co.
      KTAB/KRBC News
      KTXS-TV
      St. Paul United Methodist Church
      Texas Country Reporter
      University Baptist Church
      U.S. Congressman Randy Neugebauer
      Western Heritage Classic Planning Committee
      YWCA

    • Fitness & Sport Sciences

      Supervisor: Ron Rainwater
      Hendricks Center for Rehab
      HSU Volleyball
      GNC
      HSU Intramural Sports
      American Heart Association
      YMCA- Abilene TX.
      HSU Sports Information
      HSU Football
      West Texas Rehab
      Women’s Super Fitness (San Antonio, TX)
      Stephenson Oil & Gas
      HSU Athletic Department
      Abilene High School
      Abilene Country Club
      Alliance After School Care
      Abilene Regional Hospital
      Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Abilene, TX)
      Midland Lee High School
      Ripken Baseball Academy (Aberdeen, MD)
      Twin Creeks Hospital (Allen, TX)
      Athletic Supply
      Outdoor Education Camp (Brownwood, TX)
      Graham Regional Wellness Center
      Houston Knights AAU Basketball Team
      USA Men’s National Soccer Team
      Harris Down Town Ft. Worth Hospital
      University of Texas Frank Erwin Center
      Rose Park Tennis Center
      Air It Out Football Camp
      Abilene Cooper High School
      Gymnastics Sports Center
      Cisco High School
      Abilene Wylie High School
      McMurry Women’s Basketball
      City of Abilene Recreation Division
      HSU Soccer
      First Baptist Family Life Center
      Trilogy Athletics (Midland, TX)
      HSU Women’s Basketball
      Power Shack Gym
      Rebound Physical Therapy
      Clyde High School
      Abilene Boys & Girls Club
      Boys Club of America
      Morgan’s Buildings & Spas
      HSU Baseball
      Prime Time Family Fun Center
      The Citadel
      APEX

    • Political Science & Legal Studies

      Law Office of Whitten, Hacker, Hagin, Anderson, Allen & Self
      Law Office of Mehaffey & Watson
      Law Office of Lynn Ingalsbe
      Law Office of McMahon, Surovik, & Suttle
      Federal District Court, Abilene Division
      Taylor County District Attorney’s Office
      Law Office of Vickie Carter
      Law Office of Gravley and Leggett
      Texas State Representative Susan King
      Former Texas State Representative Bob Hunter
      Texas Attorney General’s Office
      Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
      The Blackstone Foundation
      Abilene City Attorney’s Office
      Eastland Court of Appeals (11th)
      United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
      United States Congressman Randy Neugebauer
      United States Congressman Pete Sessions
      Eastland County Criminal District Attorney’s Office
      Eastland County Court
      Big Brothers/Big Sisters of West Texas
      Lead America
      Taylor County Democratic Party
      Preemptive Love Coalition
      Christian Life Commission
      Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger
      Congresswoman Kay Granger

    • Social Work

      Supervisor: Melissa Milliorn
      Abilene Independent School District – Head Start
      Abilene Independent School District – Student Assistance Services
      Abilene Independent School District – Student Attendance Officers
      Abilene Neighborhoods in Progress
      Abilene Regional Medical Center
      Adult Protective Services
      Advancing Babies Chances (ECI)
      Ben Richey Boy’s Ranch
      Betty Hardwick Center (MHMR) HCS
      Big Brothers/Big Sister
      Cancer Services Network
      Care Inn of Abilene
      Christian Homes of Abilene
      Child Protective Services
      Connecting Caring Communities
      Coronado Nursing Center
      Crime Victim’s Crisis Center
      FOCUS, Inc.
      Harmony Family Services
      Hendrick Center for Rehab
      Hendrick Home for Children
      Hendrick Medical Center
      Hendrick Hospice – Rainbows
      High Sky – LIFE Aftercare
      Hope Haven
      Just People
      Mesa Springs Retirement Center
      Methodist Children’s Home
      Noah Project
      New Horizons
      Northern Oaks Nursing Center
      Oaks at Radford Hills
      Salvation Army
      Steps2Strides
      Taylor County Adult Probation
      Taylor County Juvenile Justice
      Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
      Texas Department of State Health Services
      Wisteria Place Retirement Living
      WTRC/HOBC

    • Sociology

      Supervisor: Dr. Joanne Roberts
      Children’s Protective Services

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