Need to Gain an edge in your job search? Think "Internship!"
Did You Know That...
- 2/3 of employers of college grads said they paid those who had internship experience
about 9% more than those who didn't.
- 60% of employers made job offers to students who did internships with them.
- College grads with experience related to their career field are more likely to find a job
related to their major, get a job more quickly, and be more satisfied with their work positions.
National Association of Colleges and Employers
What Is An Internship?
An internship is when you work at an organization in a position related
to your major, and receive college credit in return. Internships may
be full or part-time, paid or unpaid, and vary in length from a summer
to a semester, or even an academic year. Some academic departments require
their students to participate in an internship. If your department does
not require an internship, you should still consider one.
Why Should You Do An Internship?
Internships can help you in many ways. They can provide you with:
How Do You Learn About Internship Opportunities?
- Career Exploration Opportunities - The chance to explore whether your interests, skills, personality, and values fit within a particular career field or work environment.
- Skill Development - Enhancement of needed skills, increased self-confidence, and a better understanding of a particular position.
- Related Work Experience - The ability to show employers that you do have experience in a field related to your major.
- A network of contacts - Establishment of relationships with people who work in your field, who can help you as you enter employment.
- References - Supervisors and professionals who can provide you with verbal and written recommendations.
Here are four ways:
- The CDC has internship postings on ORCA and other resources in GC 306.
- Most academic departments also have internship listings.
- Contact employers directly and ask if they would be willing to take on an intern.
- The CDC's Career Information Center has an internship section which features directories that list exciting internships available throughout the country and overseas.
How Do You Get Started?
Identify what kind of internship you would like to have. Consider what skills you
would like to use, what career field you are interested in exploring, and what type
of work environment you would like to experience. Counselors in the CDC can assist
you with this process.
Prepare a cover letter and resume to send to potential internship sites. Be sure to have your cover letter and resume critiqued or reviewed by a CDC counselor.
Sharpen your interviewing skills. Read the CDC handout or other resources on interviewing, or attend one of our workshops. You can also conduct a mock
interview with a CDC staff member.
Consult with your department's internship coordinator to complete the appropriate college registration procedures and any forms required by your academic
Many organizations consider intern applications throughout the year. If you've missed a deadline, apply now for next year, and ask to be considered if
something opens up sooner.