WHAT IS AN INTERNSHIP?
Any career related work experience which provides exposure to an occupation, industry, or career in which you have an interest.
Employers said their internship programs were their most effective means of recruiting new graduates (NACE-Job Outlook 2004 Report).
WHY SHOULD I DO AN INTERNSHIP?
Experience and networking are both crucial to finding a job and an internship will offer you both. Being in a position that relates to your field of interest allows you to see first hand what goes on. Think of it as a dress rehearsal for your future. It will give you the opportunity to impress employers with your skills, and possibly land you a future job offer. Internships also allow you to network, which may open doors for other future internships or job opportunities.
WHERE SHOULD I LOOK FOR AN INTERNSHIP?
Take a look at your career services department, company websites, friends, family, faculty etc. Tell everyone you know you’re looking for an internship…you never know where an opportunity may lie.
SHOULD I DO MORE THAN ONE INTERNSHIP?
Absolutely! You should take advantage of any and all employment opportunities. Plus, multiple internships could increase your starting salary.
HOW LONG DOES AN INTERNSHIP LAST?
Due to the flexibility internships allow, they can take place at any time of the year. The objective is to allow enough time for you to learn about the organization and the job at hand.
WHERE CAN I DO INTERNSHIPS? DOES IT HAVE TO BE WHERE I WANT TO RESIDE AFTER GRADUATION?
No, not necessarily. Experience is experience-even if it takes place in a different state. Internships are available everywhere. In fact, this is a great opportunity to investigate different living environments.
WHAT IF THE ORGANIZATION I WANT TO WORK WITH HAS NEVER HAD AN INTERN?
Explain to them advantage of having an intern. Tell them about your strongest selling points and what you contributions you could make to their organization. Get your career services department involved, who will have resources for the employer, and will be happy to help him/her develop an internship program.
WHAT ABOUT MONEY?
Internships are about the experience so many internships don’t pay. Think twice before turning down an internship that doesn’t include a paycheck. It may be a terrific experience that will bring bigger and better things down the road.
HOW SHOULD I ACT ONCE I’VE LANDED THE INTERNSHIP?
Learn everything that you can. Learn the names of everyone you meet. This is an opportunity to show how valuable you really are. Go above and beyond their expectations! Take advantage of every opportunity.
WHAT “TOOLS” DO I NEED TO LAND AN INTERNSHIP?
• Well-written professional resume
• Eye-catching cover letter
• Examples of your capabilities
• Strong interview skills
• Knowledge of the organization