What is an internship?
An internship is a semester-long work experience that you can do for credit or non-credit during fall, spring or summer. It allows you to gain practical experience related to your studies or career interests.
Typically, students intern 8-20 hours per week. Summer internships can be part-time or full-time. An internship can be paid or unpaid. As a student intern you have a supervisor at the internship site with experience in your area of interest.
The main difference between an internship and a part-time job is that an internship is intended to provide a learning experience for you -- to learn about a particular field and/or provide exposure to a specific career. The other difference between a part-time job and an internship is that an internship is a semester-long experience.
NOTE: Credit internships MUST be approved by your academic department prior to starting your internship.