Discover Professional Connections

Learning at Jamestown Community College goes far beyond the classroom. Each year, more than 150 students like you bring learning to life through internships and field placements within our community, across the state, and throughout the world.

With nearly 100 internships available, JCC connects your academic and extracurricular interests with career opportunities, challenges you by developing work skills, and helps you network with future colleagues and coworkers.

Types of Internships

Whether paid or unpaid, for credit or not, an internship offers you connections to your future.

  • Academic/For-Credit Internships—Internships offered for academic credit require a faculty sponsor, completion of at least 24 college credits, and a 2.0 GPA. For every one credit earned, at least 45 hours of work must be completed.
  • Non-Credit Internships—Any JCC student is eligible for a non-credit internship. While you cannot earn academic credit, you are still able to gain valuable experience.

​Submit Your Internship to JCC

Do you want a JCC student interning for you? Contact JCC for more information or to submit your internship.

Annie Chartrand
Coordinator of Applied Learning

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What is an internship?

An internship is a mentored work experience with an educational focus. Internships provide students, new graduates, and career changers with an opportunity to gain important knowledge and skills in a career related field. 

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What are the benefits of doing an internship?

An internship can help you narrow your career choices and focus your career goals. You can learn more about where you might like to work, or gain insight about a specific industry or career field. Internships can make you more competitive for full-time jobs and other schools and help you to apply what you learn in the classroom to the workplace. You will meet people in the industry and gain professional contacts. According to the National Association of College Employers (NACE), 70% of employers say that they hire their interns for full-time positions after graduation before looking elsewhere.

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When should I do an internship? What are the requirements to complete an internship?

Internships are available fall, spring, and summer semesters. To complete an internship, a student must have earned 24 credits and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Some internships will have additional requirements. If you do not currently qualify to complete an internship, please stop by the EL office to learn about other opportunities. 

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When should I start looking for an internship?

You can look for an internship as soon as possible, and at least during the semester prior to the semester you wish to do the internship. Many students do not complete their internship until their second year, but it is never too soon to start planning.

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What types of placements are available?

We have many different opportunities available to students that cover most areas of student interest. If you know of a site that is not listed where you would like to intern, please let us know and we will assist you with making contact and setting up the internship.

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Where are the internship positions located?

Most internships are located in our surrounding areas. We do have international internships and internships located outside of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.

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Do I need to provide my own transportation?

Some internships are available on-campus and a few may be within walking distance from campus. If the internship is located in the community, you will need to have reliable transportation to get to and from the internship site. Some internships may require you to drive during internship hours. If this is the case, it will be noted in the internship database.

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How do I fit an internship into my schedule?

Many of the students attending JCC are employed. Most internships are a credit bearing course and are considered part of your course load, so you will need to schedule for it just like you would any other class. Most employers are aware when they hire college students that they will need to work around their class schedules. 

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Are internships paid?

Most internships are not paid, but some are. The organization providing the internship determines whether or not an intern will be paid.

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What is the difference between an internship and a job?

Ultimately internships should include some form of training along with direct supervision of the work involved. The purpose of an internship is to introduce and train for a particular job or gain experience in a particular career field. Other jobs are done mainly for compensation and usually include more of an entry-level position such as cashiers, lifeguards, ride attendants, camp counselors, or working at a retail store, restaurant, or resort.