Experiential learning occurs across MacMurray's campus. Four majors incorporate clinicals or practicums as a part of their degree: education, nursing, interpreting, and social work. All other majors are required to enroll in a career experience which may include an internship.
MacMurray College students begin preparing for internships from the first day of class. Today, nationally, 33% of college students do two or more internships. A well-constructed internship may provide
- improved understanding of work activities/routines;
- confidence building;
- skill acquisition;
- knowledge acquisition;
- network expansion;
Internship postings and the resources to prepare for a successful internship may be found through Mac Connect powered by Purple Briefcase.
For additional information, please contact the Office of Career Services.
Our students returning from internships have shared their great experiences and have stated how the internship experience has provided positive value in determining their career paths.
"I learned different aspects of marketing and advertising. I was able to identify what I liked and enjoyed, especially social media marketing. At the Jacksonville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, I worked on community projects, networked with community leaders, and I could see the results of my work. I know now I want to work professionally in marketing."
Carson Terrell '16,
"The best part of doing an internship was learning real skills that help me in my job field and really learning about my career path. I fell in love with the hospitality industry, and this internship helped me determine what I want to do with my life."
Andrew Frazier '16,
"My experience with MacMurray College students has been beneficial and helpful for both the Residence Inn and the student. I feel it has given the students a good insight in the area of business administration."
Darin Dame, manager,
"We enjoy having new ideas and a new prospective on the work being done. It has been great to work with interns who are enthusiastic about learning and developing in the workplace."
Laura Davis, human resources,