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Real-world experience is not just important to employers – it’s expected.

Franke Honors directed research, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities are mentored educational experiences where you will have the opportunity to:

  • Work on real-world problems and earn 3 honors units.
  • Actively participate in research or work that is beyond the traditional classroom experience.
  • Collaborate with faculty, graduate students, and technical staff.
  • Become part of the process of discovering and using new information and technologies.
  • Collaborate with peers on innovative problem-solving methods.

If you find yourself with an interesting opportunity such as an internship or research experience, make sure to talk with your Franke Honors Advisor to explore options to earn honors credit for the opportunity.

Assistant Director of Research, Creative Inquiry, and Professional Initiatives, Tori Nardinelli, is available to help you explore your options to get involved.


Internship Awards

You come across professional experiences that will benefit your career but may not be a paid opportunity. The W.A. Franke Honors College internship grants enable you to take advantage of such opportunities, relieving some of the financial stress. Funding is available for students participating in internships both domestically and abroad.

Awards are merit-based, taking into account GPA, application quality and the importance of the experience for student’s academic and professional goals.
The maximum award is $1,500 depending on student’s anticipated need and funds available. More information and application instructions are available in Scholarship Universe, the university’s scholarship database. You must be admitted to the university in order to access Scholarship Universe.

Student Engagement & Career Development

Connect with Career Coaches who will help you design a career plan, find ways to gain in-demand skills and experiences, and successfully apply to jobs, internships, and graduate or professional school.


Ready to get to work? Check out Handshake, an easy to use site to find the opportunities you’re looking for. Use it to search and apply for on-campus jobs, internships and full-time opportunities. You can also use it to find career fairs and professional development events. Every current, degree-seeking student has an account on Handshake ready and waiting – just log in with your NetID.