Internships

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Gain real-world experience that sets you apart. We’re dedicated to connecting you with internship experiences to gain career skills, expand your network and build your resume.

Meeting your unique interests and goals is important, and so is finding an internship in the right location. Central students intern close to campus, close to home and all over the globe. There are four large, international companies headquartered within one mile of campus. In addition, Des Moines, a renowned epicenter for young business professionals, is just a short drive away. Central students intern through programs in Chicago, Washington D.C. and every study abroad site. 

76% of students complete at least 1 internship
  • Central has connections at more than 500 internship sites
  • 4 large, international companies headquartered within 1 mile of campus

Beyond Central

 

Successful Careers

Internships often lead to a career, such as in the examples below:

  • Morning anchor, WHO-TV, Des Moines
  • Medical imaging physicist and faculty member, Duke University Health System
  • Senior Manager of Partnership Marketing, Kansas City Royals
  • CEO, Principal Bank, Des Moines
  • Director of asset management, CSM Corporation, Minneapolis
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach, Brown University, Providence, R.I.
  • Director of operations, Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

Organizations

Central College has active connections at more than 500 internship sites across the U.S. and around the world, including:

  • Alliance Technologies
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • British Parliament
  • CBS News
  • Iowa State Capitol
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Paramount Studios
  • Pella Corporation
  • Pfizer
  • The White House
  • Vermeer Corporation

Central College internship database

 

The Central Difference

Internship Networking Fair

Each year, Central hosts an Internship Networking Fair on campus with more than 40 area companies and organizations looking for interns and full-time employees. 

Faculty Supervisors

Central interns benefit from the support and guidance of a faculty member who is paired with each intern to maximize the internship learning experience.  Student connecting with an employer at the Central College internship networking fair.

Employers Love Our Students!

"With over 130 Central College alums working at The Principal it's clear we value the education they receive. Central's faculty and staff care about the students, and their investment in the students pays off for employers. We find Central College students to be a great match for our corporate culture."

— Molly Cope Peterson, campus relations manager with The Principal Financial