Beginning Your Internship Search

What Is An Internship

An internship is directed, practical experience that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom. Internships can be paid or unpaid. Most internships are exploratory and offer work experience or on-the-job training in a field that the student wants to learn more about.

 

Finding an Internship:


Only you can determine what placement site is a good fit for you. Students are the best person to decide if an internship placement is a good fit that matches their goals, aspiration and personal mission.

Identify internships that are closely linked to your academic degree, personal and professional interest. These opportunities offer a sneak peek into the world that you may choose for your future career. Also, consider timelines. When should you begin your search?

  • Why are you doing an internship and what do you hope to learn?  
  • Where do you want to intern? 
  • Have you considered the industry you want to work in and the type of experience you want to gain?   

  • The search process and timing  can be the most confusing part of an internship search.  
  • A successful internship search begins with understanding the intern timeline for the industry you are interested in.
  • Determine when your industry starts recruiting. 

Internship Benefits:


  • Marketability
  • Networking
  • Self Discovery
  • Theory To Practice
  • Skill Acquisition

Tips For A Successful Internship

During your first few days at the internship: 

  • Dress Like a Professional: Dress and behave more conservatively until you get a feel for the culture.

  • Take Notes: Write down the people’s names so you can start remembering them.   

  • Show Interest: Ask questions to demonstrate that you are absorbing information about the company, people and culture.

  • Be prepared: Research the company, prepare before meetings, stay up to date on industry specific topics by reading professional trade journals and magazines.

Throughout the Internship: 

  • Dress appropriately 

  • Act like a professional: Avoid gossip and office politics 

  • Treat it like a real job 

  • Stay off social media: Save social media, texting and general cell phone usage for after work 

  • Be optimistic: Maintain a positive attitude 

  • Take Initiative: Volunteer to help with projects and learn about new departments.  

  • Network: Create professional relationships 

  • Reflect: Journal about experiences to trace growth and development 

  • Start and Finish Strong: End the internship with the same excitement and energy you began with 

Still feeling unsure?

Talk to someone at The Career Center who can provide some perspective, ask a friend whose had an internship, or even better, find out straight from the source - talk to someone in the field that interest you! Schedule to discuss internship opportunities.