Career Services


Internships/Job Shadow

An opportunity for students to gain experience in a chosen field through college credit or work experience. Applicants should expect to be able to provide minimum qualifications to benefit from internships in many fields. The Internship Manager/Faculty will provide guidance and assistance but final application and acceptance is an agreement between the student and employer.

Step 1: Select the best option for you (credit or non-credit).

For an unpaid, an internship must be taken for credit. An internship can not be assigned credit retroactively.


(Paid or Voluntary).

This course will help you evaluate your career goals, develop resume writing, interviewing, and job search skills.

  • For students only. (Community members may qualify under special circumstances.)
  • Includes assistance from a career counselor to help identify career interests, values, skills and careers that match.
  • Perfect if you are unsure of career direction and need career counseling or career testing, or interested in exploring new work environments.
  • In-depth assistance in creating a resume and cover letter.
  • Assistance with interviewing skills.
  • Provides college credit as a restricted elective for major, to maintain full time student status and/or to meet financial aid requirements.
  • Become knowledgeable about different employment opportunities.
  • Ready to enter the world of work but need experience to obtain employment.
  • Want to apply what you are learning in the classroom to the real world.

(Paid or Voluntary).

A work-experience internship is for students seeking to gain work experience without making a commitment to full time employment. This option may be for you if

  • You are a currently enrolled student.
  • Have definite career goals and have completed coursework in your field of study.
  • Try a job situation to determine if a good "fit" (i.e. Business major trying to decide between Finance & Marketing)
  • Have a resume and cover letter – need someone to review it
  • Are confident on presenting self at an interview
  • Don’t need college credits, only need experience.
  • Want to develop contacts for future networking
  • Improve job skills or learn new ones.
  • Learn to communicate effectively in work situations.

Enroll in Career Work Experience course (CWE 198) for 1, 2, 3 credit option.

Visit Career Services in KSC-186 for assistance with a non-credit internship.


Catherine Mendoza, M.C.
Counseling Department
(602) 787-6540

Norma I. Chandler, MBA
Career Services Manager
(602) 787-7073

Step 2: Select a Career Related opportunity.

Students have many options for seeking career related internships and include the following:

  • Networking with friends and relatives in related career industry

  • Seeking career-related internship with present employer (e.g. a grocery cashier pursuing an accounting degree might ask employer for an internship in the accounting department)

  • Going to various employer websites and exploring internship opportunities

  • Browsing Career Services list of current employers offering internships or shadowing opportunities

  • Prospecting for an internship in an area of interest

Step 3: Prepare a Resume and Cover Letter

As a college student and workplace professional, all applicants must prepare a cover letter and resume.

Resume and Cover Letter Guidelines and Examples

Contact Career Services at 602-787-7073 or to schedule an appointment to review your resume and cover letter.

To ensure the safety of our students at the Internship site, each student must fill out an Assumption of Risk form and submit to Career Services before the start of their Internship. If the internship is unpaid, the employer must also fill out a Certificate of Insurance.

Downloadable Forms:

Internship Materials

Investigate the opportunities

  • Internships will not come to you – It is up to you to find them or create them

  • Visit the Paradise Valley Community College Career Services Center KSC-1181

  • Search online –

    This website provides nationwide information arrow down a company/organization you'd like to work for – search their web page for internship opportunities (more up-to-date than hard copy)

  • Find out if it is a good fit (company culture, structured vs. non-structured, and supervisor)

Time it Right

  • Finding an internship is not a last minute project

  • Plan ahead

  • Calendar, school year, summer internships

Explore the company- don't just apply

  • Research the company and the industry

  • Visit Career Services Center – KSC-1181

  • Ask college reference librarian about resources in library and online

Research other requirements

  • An application form

  • An essay describing your background and goals

  • Letters of recommendation (professional and instructors)

  • A portfolio of your work

N 'joy the benefits

  • Many companies use internship opportunities to select the best candidates! And, internships provide valuable on the job experience for candidates!

By knowing where to look and how to prepare, you can land a great internship! The opportunities are out there, it is up to you to go out and find them.

Internships provide an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the workplace. The work experience students gain through an internship will make them more appealing to potential employers after graduation.

The benefits of internships are numerous; job opportunities, increased salary, growth and personal development summarize the major reasons why students should consider internships.

Let's take a closer look:

Salary & Job Search

  • Employer's prize relevant work experience in job candidates and many organizations are willing to reward candidates with internship experience with a higher starting salary – on average 6.8% more than the position's entry level salary. (NACE, 2006)*

  • Employers say that internship programs are among the most effective method for helping them hire new college graduates. A study found that employers extended job offers to more than 70% of their interns. (NACE, 2006)

  • Internship experience makes graduates more attractive to most employers because of the value employers place on work-related experience along with education.

  • Internships expand student's exposure to different job functions and departments. Also giving both student and employer the chance to see if the relationship "is a good fit".

  • Students are able to network with professionals which can assist them with future job searches. In the job market, who you know can be just as crucial as what you know.

  • Internship experience allows students to document work in a portfolio to use as a job search tool to be shown to potential employers.

Personal Growth

  • Internships allow students to explore their interests in various career fields.

  • Students mentored by professionals in the organization can reduce their learning curve.

  • Internships introduce students to different job possibilities they didn't know existed.

  • Helps students determine which type of work environment best fits their personality.

  • Internships help clarify interests, strengths, and areas needing improvement.

  • In addition to enhancing professional maturity and confidence, students will develop skills they can use on the job and in their personal life including critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and leadership skills.

*National Association of Colleges and Employers

Internship Timeline For Transfer Students

Semester 1 (4 semesters before transfer)
Career Exploration
  • Self Discovery Assessments (Career Counseling)
  • Take a Career & Personal Development Class
  • (CPD102AB, CPD104, CPD150)
  • Attend Career Panels, Seminars, Job/Career Fairs
  • Visit Career Services Center – KSC-1181
  • Become familiar with career related resources online and in media center
  • Meet with an Academic Advisor
  • Join PEAK Leadership Institute
  • Participate in Service Learning and Student Clubs

  • Create your first resume

Semester 2 (3 semesters before transfer)
Intensive internship search
  • What’s available?
  • What’s my goal?
  • What will benefit me the most?
  • Explore “What can I do with a major in . . . . . . .”

  • Update your Resume (Include all new leadership experiences in school and at work)

Interview Skills
  • Attend workshops/seminars
  • Conduct informal interviews (career exploration)
  • Practice interviewing (have it taped)

Job/Career Fairs
  • Attend – practice meeting employers/inquire about opportunities with their organizations (Prepare and practice elevator speech)

Semester 3 (2 semesters before transfer)
Choose your Major!
  • Review what can I do with a Major in . . . . .
  • Visit an Academic Advisor
  • Make an appointment with a career counselor

Apply for Internships, usually by the end of October
  • State Department FBI, Attorney General’s Office etc.
    (require background check)

  • Update and upload online (online should not contain personal info)

Personal Statement
May also be required on many internship applications
  • Write one – (an essay describing your background and goals)
  • Letters of recommendation, transcripts, portfolio of your work

Interview Skills
  • Practice panel interviews

Job/Career Fairs
  • Attend – apply for opportunities/inquire about internships

Semester 4 (1 semesters before transfer)
Apply for internship programs
(Many require 60 credit hours)
  • Most major corporations (Fortune 500) have formal summer training programs (Must apply in Spring) Competitive – many require out of state travel
  • (Able to start 300 level courses after internship)

Job/Career Fairs
  • Attend Job Fairs – apply for opportunities

  • Update (Don’t forget to update online resumes also!)

Transfer students should have at least one internship experience before transferring to their college of choice

  • Increases chances of other internship experiences (real life career exposure)
  • Helps solidify that major is right fit- helps determine major focus

Informal internships may take place at any time and may are generally more flexible
(do not recommend during first semester, especially without any experience)

Many majors have formal internship programs built-in to major
Will have too much invested if you determine this career is not for you
Education, Nursing, Medicine, etc.

Here are the typical deadlines for internships -

  • April 15 for a Summer Internship
  • July 15 for a Fall Internship
  • November 15 for a Spring Internship

Please check specific internship applications for the exact internship application due date.

Internship Opportunities

PureTech Systems, a leading manufacturer of video analytics for surveillance of wide-area critical infrastructure, offers an educational internship program to students attending universities and colleges throughout the state of Arizona who are enrolled in mathematics, computer science or engineering departments. The program is now entering its third consecutive term as schools across the state begin their fall semester.

Since its inception, in August 2010, the program has hosted several interns each semester with a variety of career aspirations. The students have engaged in several challenging learning opportunities including learning how software can be used to distinguish humans from other objects such as small animals. Other interns have been involved in learning how complex systems can be tested and verified.

The internship program, which runs from August to December and again from January to May, focuses on providing students with a real-world setting to help prepare them for their transition into the workforce. Students experience firsthand a high-tech environment as they work along side professional engineers and scientists. This environment challenges them to grow as they learn to build a strong work ethic, collaborate with their coworkers and adapt their problem solving skills.

“PureTech Systems is very excited about our ability to offer this type of internship program. We have been truly impressed with the level of talent from those students who have participated. The students bring in a fresh perspective and a strong desire to learn while we get to return the favor by offering them the opportunity to understand how to apply their course of study to real world situations” comments Eric Olson.

Company Information:

PureTech Systems Inc. is a small company in Phoenix located 8 miles north-west of PVCC main campus. Pure Tech systems Inc. is a leading provider of automated surveillance systems. PureTech system is an Arizona based corporation. It is essentially a software company, although it has hardware product as well. Its focus is video analytics, primarily for surveillance of critical infrastructure such as seaport and airports. Its software is developed in C# and managed C+ + under windows.Net and also in C/C+ + for its TI DSP embedded processor.

Learn more about the company products by visiting

Internship Description

Video analytics is concerned with image processing, pattern recognition and computer vision.

Any software development in this arena requires understanding of the underlying problem. It is best that the students initially acquaint themselves with the problem through testing of our products ; first to establish its overall performance and then move to testing of its constituent

Testing entails observing video clips at a computer terminal to gather and document statistical data.

Once, the student acquires a reasonable understanding of the inner working of the system then based on their performance and educational background they can get involved with programming or devising algorithms or both.


  • Computer Related Majors: Prior education in programming languages is required, C3 preferred or
  • Mathematically Inclined students with some prior calculus or linear algebra are also encouraged to apply

In order to participate in internship student must enroll in Cooperative Education

To inquire about the internship program and learn more about PureTech Systems.

Please contact Career Services at(602) 787-7073 or for additional information.

The Arizona Legislature meets for approximately one hundred days beginning the second Monday in January. The Legislature considers bills on many issues, such as health care, education, transportation, the environment and social services.

Job Description

Purpose of Internship: To assist the legislators and their support staff at the Senate and House of Representatives during the regular session of the Arizona State Legislature from January through May. Interns may also be selected to work in the Governor's Office or with the Supreme Court.

Eligibility: Candidates for a Bachelor's or Master's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application at one of Arizona's universities are eligible. Candidates for a Bachelor's degree must have at least 75 hours at the end of the fall semester prior to the next legislative session (For ASU students only, at least 24 hours must have been completed at ASU).

Description of Position: Duties include conducting research, writing summaries of bills, attending committee hearings, presenting bills in committees and caucus, preparing amendments and communicating with legislators, liaisons of state agencies, lobbyists, constituents and members of the general public. Interns are supervised by a legislative staff person. Specific duties vary, depending on intern assignments.

Qualifications: The position requires communication and writing skills, the ability to work in a team setting, and self-starting independence. Most importantly, this internship demands a strong desire to learn the legislative process through hands-on experience. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.

Apply online for an internship with the Arizona Legislature!

The Executive Director and Office Manager ensure that each intern learns from a variety of experiences and exposure during their time and tenure at the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. A formal training program ensures that interns hit the ground running upon arrival, and they are given limitless opportunity to contribute, show initiative, and demonstrate responsibility.

The internship with the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is designed to be the ideal launch pad for a career in nonprofit management or nonprofit administration, as well as marketing and office management.

Intern duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning, preparing and participating in the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s weekly meetings, golf tournament, and other programs
  • Membership relations-phones, emails, etc. Membership relations-phones, emails, etc. Provides information by answering questions and requests
  • Maintaining North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s website and the membership database on a daily basis
  • Contributing to the content, design, production and distribution of the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s e-newsletter and the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s social media accounts
  • Assisting with design and production of event, meeting, and promotional materials
  • General office duties, such as answering phones, filing, folding documents, updating internal documents and reports, data entry, cleaning the office, operating copier, scanner, and fax machine, etc., as assigned
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results and other tasks as needed

The Executive Director will work with the Intern to make sure that he or she feels that they are a valuable part of the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce team as we host a great number of meetings and events, actively support international, national, and local communities, and have some fun along the way. The Executive Director also believes strongly in leveraging the Office Assistant’s time with the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

The North Phoenix Chamber is celebrating 49 years of service to businesses throughout the North Phoenix Valley. We unite the people of commerce, business, education, and the professions to work together for the development of the Greater North Phoenix Area. The Chamber believes that by fostering business growth and prosperity, the quality of life for the whole area is improved.

The mission of the Chamber is to unite the people of commerce, industry, education and the professions to work together for the development of the greater North Phoenix area. The Chamber believes that by fostering business growth and prosperity, the quality of life of the entire area is improved.

We rely heavily upon our Interns and seek the highest quality candidates for the position. In return, Interns are given tremendous opportunity to learn about the local community, support various charitable causes, as well as acquire and refine practical office, event management, networking, and professional interaction skills.

We accept internship applications throughout the year. Schedules, days, and hours are flexible.

Required Skills:

  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Strong reporting, research, and writing skills
  • Excellent oral, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail is critical
  • Solid computer skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) preferred
  • Web savvy and ability to learn new technology
  • Ability to work independently
  • Professional attitude a must

Interested candidates should send resumes to Patrick McLaughlin at

American Express is hiring programming interns from PVCC! Start an incredible career at a reputable company. This opportunity is too good to pass up.

Are you a technology major with a passion for programming?
We are looking for interns from PVCC who are interested in kick-starting their careers. Today you’re a student—tomorrow you can be a professional developer. Don’t think you have the skills? As long as you have basics of programming, the passion to learn, and a hunger for success, we’ll fill in the gaps.

For more information, contact Professor Jon Storslee at

Phoenix Art Museum is offering 10 unique Summer Internship opportunities! Here are some details about the summer session:

In addition to valuable work experience in a professional setting, all interns receive a membership to Phoenix Art Museum and weekly professional development sessions with Museum staff and access

Schedules are flexible, and all majors are encouraged to apply; art backgrounds are not essential for all positions

To get more information and to apply for internship, go to

Internships at MIM are designed to:

  • Provide current college students with opportunities to work on specific projects under supervision of MIM staff.
  • Introduce interns to museum careers and the various departments, programs, and operations of a nonprofit organization.


Interested candidates should complete the following requirements and submit all the materials together in one upload (system will only allow you to upload one file, which should contain all of the documents listed) by clicking the link below:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in a MIM internship
  • Current résumé
  • Unofficial copy of graduate and/or undergraduate transcripts. International students should provide a copy of their student visa.

Additional documents can be mailed to:

Musical Instrument Museum
Attn: Internships
4725 East Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85050

An acknowledgement e-mail will be sent upon completion of online application. Interviews for candidates selected as finalists will be scheduled at MIM.

For more information, visit the Musical Instrument Museum Internship web page.

Examples of internships include:

  • Anthropology - Internship- Visual Display
  • AquaSafe - Internship- Swim Instructor
  • Arizona Commerce Authority - Research Internship
  • Banner Health - Internship- Academic
  • Banner Health - Internship- Undergrad IT
  • City of Phoenix - Internship-All Majors
  • Deutsche Bank (Summer 2016) - Internship-Finance
  • DriveTime - Internship-Business Analyst
  • Foothills Caring Corps - Internship-Healthcare
  • Free Arts Arizona - Multiple Internships
  • General Dynamics - Internship - Visual Design
  • GRVTY - Internship - Jr. Software Engineer
  • Maricopa County Attorney's Office - Victim Advocate Assistant
  • Phoenix Children's Museum - Internship-All Majors
  • Phoenix Zoo - Internship-Living Collections
  • PureTech - Internship-All Majors
  • PVCC Office of Financial Assistance - America Reads
  • RevAZ - Research Internship
  • Sandhill's Publishing Company - Internship-Sales
  • Sandhill's Publishing Company - Internship-Marketing
  • Sandhill's Publishing Company - Internship-Database
  • Sandhill's Publishing Company - Internship-Software Development
  • Sandhill's Publishing Company - Internship-Systems Network
  • Sportball - Administrative Office Professional
  • Sportball - Wellness
  • Sportball - Early Childhood
  • SRP - Internship-Clerical and Data Entry
  • SRP - Internship-Land Acquisitions
  • U-Haul (Summer 2016) - Internship-Software Development
  • Uline - Internship - Sales
  • Unexpected Art Gallery - Internship-Social Media
  • US Foods - Internship - IT Business Analyst
  • Vanguard - Internship- CIS/Business Majors

For more information, please contact Career Services at 602-787-7073 or .