Real World Experience

Classroom lectures alone cannot prepare you for career success.

Pfeiffer recognizes the value of real-world experience and offers experiential learning opportunities for every major to help you get a leg up in today’s competitive job market. Internships and similar hands-on experiences enhance your resume and skills. Most importantly, you get a realistic look at what it’s like to work in your chosen field.

Faculty mentors help you determine which options best complement your academic goals:

Internships and Practicums

We help you discover available internships in your field of choice. For example, nursing students gain experience in healthcare settings prior to graduation. As an upperclassman, internships are particularly valuable summer positions. 


Externships are temporary training programs in a workplace often offered as part of a course of study; they provide firsthand experience and exposure to a specific career field. For example, education majors work in a classroom as student teachers, and students pursuing a master’s in marriage and family therapy work in one of Pfeiffer’s therapy clinics.

On-Campus and Off-Campus Volunteer Opportunities

Pfeiffer’s student organizations and clubs deliver many opportunities to serve the community and world. Accounting students prepare tax returns through the IRS’s VITA program. Practical theology students travel the globe on mission trips. For human services work, the Francis Center for Servant Leadership and Faith Formation offers volunteer options. For those interested in athletic support or management, SAAC or AMP provide opportunities to work with our student athletes. Check out a full list of our student organizations on the Inter Club Council page

Leadership Positions

As an upperclassman, become a campus leader through through peer mentoring or positions of leadership in student clubs and activities.

Internship Spotlight: The Capitol Hill Internship Program

Pfeiffer University is a member of the United Methodist College Washington Consortium, which offers students the experience of living, interning and studying in the heart of Washington, D.C. Students participating in the Capitol Hill Internship Program:

  • Intern in governmental and non-governmental offices as part of select programs available only in Washington, D.C.

  • Learn in challenging seminars and courses that are tailored to enrich their internship experience

  • Live in attractive apartments on Capitol Hill

Living and working in the heart of Washington, D.C., Kody Sprinkle ‘16 served as a government affairs intern with the Land Trust Alliance. A financial fraud and fraud examinations major, Sprinkle worked with the national conservation organization’s policy team tasked with finding ways to make certain tax incentives permanent. His internship responsibilities ranged from data entry to drafting key letters to the U.S. Senate. Sprinkle gained confidence and connections during his internship.

"Confidence is key to living in a political environment," Sprinkle said. "I know that I enhanced my network of connections through my time here--and my prospects for the future."

Robin Listerman, ‘09 MBA, Capitol Hill Internship coordinator, shares, “Kody was able to apply what he learned at Pfeiffer to a professional environment—and bring his new experiences back to the classroom to share with others.”

Learn more about internships at Pfeiffer.