The Advising Center can assist you in getting credit for your internship. For more information, please click here.
Career & Internship Drop-in Hours
Drop by the Student Success Center on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:00pm -- 3:00pm for career and internship help with your resume or future career plans.
Internships, summer jobs, and other experiences enable you to test out a career and develop marketable skills. An internship is a short-term work experience in which you receive training and gain experience in a specific field or career area. It can be paid or unpaid and can vary in hours and length. Finding an internship takes planning, organization, and persistence. It is important to start early to allow yourself enough time to do everything you can to thoroughly research and pursue opportunities that interest you most.
Steps to Getting an Internship
1. Develop your internship goals
Spend some time thinking about your possible internship. Ask yourself why you want one, and when you want to take it. The clearer you are about what you want to gain from an internship, the more likely you are to have a successful internship experience. Useful questions are:
- Why do I want an internship, what are my career goals?
- What do I want to learn from an internship?
- What sort of company or organization would enable me to learn those things?
- Where do I want the internship to be located?
- How much time do I want to spend at the internship?
- Will you consider both paid & nonpaid internships?
- Do you want credit for the internship?
2. Use Multiple Resources to Identify Internships
Once you have an idea of the sort of internship you want, use a variety of methods to explore internship opportunities. View a breakdown of the resources available to you.
3. Perfect your Resume and Cover Letter
- It must be perfect in order to be competitive for an internship position.
- Resume guidelines, and sample resumes can help you get started.
- Cover letter guidelines
- Get help from Career Services – Drop in hours 1pm -- 3pm every day for cover letter and resume reviews.
4. Managing Your Internship Search
An internship search will require time, dedication, and resourcefulness. Here are some tips for managing your internship search:
- Be organized in tracking all applications submissions, phone conversations, and employer contacts.
- Follow-up with employers. If you haven’t heard back about two weeks after the application deadline, contact them to check on your application.
- Stay committed to your search as it may take time.