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Looking For An Internship?
Internships are the most important criteria when deciding on new hires, according to a recent national survey. The length of these internships is critical and many employers would like them to be completed during a summer or preferably up to 12 months in duration. Employers use these internships as "proving grounds" and "on-the-job training" for future full-time employees. Employers at Career Fairs often are looking for interns in addition to full-time employees.
In order to make searching for an internship easier, please start with the link below: Internship Development.
Please remember that if an internship is required by your program/major, that you check with your department chair-person and/or internship coordinator. NEVER GIVE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION (SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, CREDIT CARD NUMBER, OR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER) TO ANYONE THROUGH THE INTERNET OR OVER THE PHONE.
- Intern Match - The Place to Start!
- Internship Development
- Internship Programs
- The Multicultural Advantage Internship Opportunity Center
- Indeed - This is an excellent site to begin your search. Simply type in keywords and locations.
- WISH Internships - (FEE Required)
by Amy Marie Charland and Mary Ann Lawson
It's never too early to start planning for your internship. The total process-finding an internship and applying and interviewing for it-can take several weeks or even months. Here is a general timeline to assist you with the planning process:
(Three semesters before you want to begin your internship)
- Talk with your academic adviser and a career services counselor to find out what internship resources are available to you on campus.
- Write your resume and cover letter.
- Decide what you would like from your internship. Responsibilities? Compensation? Experience?
- Attend job fairs to find out about internship opportunities.
- Start networking with everyone you know.
- Define where you would like to do your internship. City? Corporation? Industry?
- Start researching internship opportunities. Obtain general information about the company, internship programs, contact people and deadlines.
Apply for internships
(Two semesters before you intern)
- Apply online or by whatever method the company requires.
- Practice your interviewing skills. Schedule a mock interview with your career services office.
Interview and accept an internship
(One semester before your internship)
- Complete an application for each company where you would like to intern.
- Interview with employers.
- Send a thank-you letter to each employer who gives you an opportunity to interview.
- Accept an internship offer.
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