MacMurray College believes experience is the best teacher. MacMurray's curriculum is designed to offer educational opportunities based in real-world experiences and help all its students obtain an internship to better prepare each of them for their chosen careers. The MacMurray degree opens a world of opportunity. Graduates from Mac experience success throughout their professional and personal lives. They know that MacMurray has equipped them with a love for "lifelong learning," a crucial mindset for a successful career. For most majors, MacMurray requires three credit hours of career experience. Career experience includes course work from internships, experiential learning, or study tours.
Internships are an integral part of preparing for your future professional life. The Career Services Office will help you prepare for and locate an internship that will complement your college and professional preparation. Securing the best internship is a competitive process. Host sites will request a resume and an interview in most cases. In addition to the immediate benefit of introducing you to the mission and work environment where you might meet your experiential course requirement, it also gives you practice in the process of applying and interviewing for a professional position.
Internships and practicums provide a long list of learning opportunities that can increase your workplace knowledge, help you extend your professional network, and improve your competitiveness in the job market. All for-credit internships must offer learning opportunities and conform to current best practices and standards for internship placement. The Office of Career Services has worked to establish relationships with businesses and non-profit organizations that provide for-credit internships in most majors. A list of local, regional, and national internships is located on the My Mac.edu portal, available to all MacMurray students. Professors in some programs also have professional relationships with organizations eager to accept MacMurray interns. Such internships are typically located in Jacksonville, Springfield, and the surrounding area. If you want to develop an internship near your hometown or elsewhere, your professors in your major, your advisor, or the Office of Career Services can help.
Opportunities for Service Learning and study tours vary by semester. Refer to the online catalog for these opportunities, or once enrolled at MacMurray, contact your advisor, the faculty member teaching that course.