Nationwide Internships Consortium and the Liberal Arts Career Network

Puget Sound is a founding member of the Nationwide Internships Consortium (NIC), a group of national liberal arts institutions that share internship resources, providing students access to thousands of internship opportunities across the county. Shared database listings reside in a web-based, searchable tool—InternshipLink.

NIC partners with the Liberal Arts Career Network (LACN) to further expand the available opportunities. Students can take advantage of the employer relationships cultivated by Puget Sound's Career and Employment Services (CES) team, and also by those cultivated by NIC and LACN member institutions across the country.

Both NIC and LACN post internships that are paid, unpaid, for credit, and not-for-credit. Many of the top industries represented are those that Puget Sound students express an interest in: nonprofit, communications/media, arts and entertainment, environment, consulting, and health care, among others.

The majority of NIC member colleges are on the West Coast and in the Northeast, while the majority of LACN member schools are in the Northeast, Midwest, and South. Not only do students have access to a broad range of local and regional internship opportunities that they can take advantage of while school is in session, but they also have expanded resources to draw on if they leave the area during the summer, or after graduation.

In combination with InternshipLink’s sister database, LoggerJobs, students have access to a wide variety of jobs and internships. Employers seek out candidates with work experience, whether that be gained in part-time or summer jobs, or through internship positions. Part-time jobs and internships are both excellent avenues for gaining skills that can be translated into marketable experience and for developing professional networking contacts.

NIC Member Schools
Bard College
Bard College at Simon's Rock
Claremont McKenna College
Drew University
Hampshire College 
Johns Hopkins University
Lewis & Clark College
Occidental College
Pitzer College
Reed College
Sarah Lawrence College
Scripps College
University of Chicago
University of Puget Sound
University of Rochester
Whitman College

LACN Member Schools
Amherst College
Bates College
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges
Carleton College
Clark University
Colby College
Colgate University
College of the Holy Cross
College of Wooster
Colorado College
Grinnell College
Hamilton College
Hartwick College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hope College
Macalester College
Middlebury College
Mount Holyoke College
Oberlin College
St. Lawrence University
St. Olaf College                    
Skidmore College
Trinity College
Tufts University
Union College
Vassar College
Washington and Lee University
Wesleyan University

The two databases that you access through InternshipLink (NIC and LACN) have slightly different layouts, philosophies, and geographic ranges. Have questions? CES can offer you a guided tour, and provide tips about how to conduct the most effective search for your specific interests.