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Summer Online Internships for College Students

Ready to apply the skills you’ve accumulated during your online courses in a real-world setting? Internships are an ideal way of gaining proficiency. As an online student, you might be considering internships that are remote. Online summer internships give you the learning-by-doing experience, with the flexibility and freedom you’re used to in your Arizona Online program.

The University of Arizona’s Student Engagement & Career Development offers a career and internship search through Handshake, an innovative tool that vets employers looking for university-level experience students and graduates.

Some Arizona Online programs like the BS in Urban and Regional Development, the BS in Public Management and Policy: Public Policy Emphasis, and the BA in Wellness & Health Promotion Practice require an Internship or Capstone Project to complete the program.

What is an internship?

An internship is a short-term learning and/or work experience that builds up on-the-job knowledge in a field of interest related to your educational goals. 

Students who complete an internship are 2x more likely to report full-time employment post-graduation!

Through an internship, you get the opportunity to fine-tune technical and professional capabilities in communication, teamwork, networking, critical thinking, and skills that are specific to your field of interest. As with your online program, strong communication, time-management skills, and an understanding of virtual collaborative platforms are integral to succeeding in a remote summer internship. Additionally, you may still be able to earn academic credit for your internship even if it isn’t required for your program. We recommend speaking to your Academic Advisor about earning credit for your internship.

What is a capstone project?

A capstone project is a personalized experience that serves as a stepping stone toward the next stage of your academic or professional career. 

A capstone differs from an internship as it enables you to work one-on-one with a faculty member as opposed to an external employer or organization. In an internship, you might be performing different duties and touching on different projects. In your capstone, you will most likely produce one long-term and in-depth project in an area that you’re passionate about.


Virtual summer internships will get you further in your academic and professional career. Visit the University of Arizona career center to learn more about Handshake, how to optimize your Handshake profile, and how to easily apply for summer internships online!