Individualized Studies Internships

We recommend that you complete an internship during your time in Individualized Studies. Internships can be very valuable experiences.

The knowledge, skills, and connections that you acquire through an internship can be key assets as you seek employment.

How to Get an Internship

If you want to pursue an internship, your Individualized Studies advisor will help you start the process. 

You should begin searching for internships several months in advance because it can take time to secure a site. 

WSU Career Services also offers support for students seeking internships. Additionally, some WSU academic departments allow students in Individualized Studies to take internships through their department. 

In the past, students have interned at: 

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winona
  • Mayo Clinic
  • YMCA of Winona 
  • Interstate Sound
  • Signatures
  • OERC at WSU
  • Sal’s Tile
  • La Crosse Area Veterans Mentor Program
  • JL Schwieters
  • Fastenal
  • WSU Advising Services
  • Women’s Resource Center
  • WSU Football
  • Student Success Center
  • 4H After School Care Program
  • Gunderson Health Systems
  • HBCI
  • WSU TRIO Program

Course Credit for Internships

You must complete at least 60 credits—with at least 21 credits of upper-division coursework—before you can register for an INDS internship course: 

  • INDS 398: take up to 3 credits for a letter grade
  • INDS 399: take up to 9 credits as pass/no credit

You can combine these 2 courses for a maximum of 12 credits for majors and 6 credits for minors.

Internship Forms

Career Services

As you work through the Individualized Studies program, you should connect with WSU Career Services for support. 

Not only can they help you with your post-grad career or additional schooling, but they also offer a variety of services to assist you achieve your internship goals, including:  

  • Handshake is WSU’s #1 job and internship search tool for students and alumni
  • is an online interview practice tool for students and alumni 

Schedule an appointment with a career advisor and check out these additional internship and job search tools.

Contact the Individualized Studies Program
Trent Dernbach
WSU-Rochester Student & Campus Services

SS 132


Email Trent Dernbach
Barb Nascak
Adult & Continuing Education

Somsen 209


Email Barb Nascak
Tammy Swenson Lepper (PhD)
Faculty Liaison, Professor of Communication Studies

Performing Arts Center 210


Email Tammy Swenson Lepper