Monday, October 21, 2013

Plan for Post-Graduate Success: Seek Internship Opportunities

Internships provide a structured, professional experience that give students the opportunity to learn more about a career interest and gain valuable knowledge in a particular field. In an internship, the purpose is to receive mentorship, supervision, and training. Internships assist students in the career exploration process to determine if that path matches their interests and skills.
·         Test your skills and interests
·         Allow you to explore different career paths
·         Develop a network of professional contacts for future opportunities and references
·         Provide valuable professional experience related to your field of study
·         Allow you to apply what you have learned in the classroom
·         Build a strong resume
·         Can lead to future employment 

How Early Should I Begin Planning for an Internship?
Take your first semester in college and get acclimated but after you are settled, consider talking to Career Services about internships and how to develop an internship search strategy. If you are not sure what you want to do, exploring various fields will help you decide which path matches your interests, passions, and goals.

When Are Internships Available?
Internships are available year-round.

How Early Should I Begin Applying?
Application deadlines vary from organization to organization. Some internship positions in large organizations or very competitive programs have deadlines as early as October, November, or December for summer. Others will have deadlines in the weeks leading up to the start date. It all depends on the organization and their hiring process.

How Many Hours Should I Work at an Internship?
Internships can be full or part-time depending on the organization. If you decide to intern during the fall and spring semesters, it is recommended that you work 10 - 15 hours a week maximum.  

Are Internships Paid or Unpaid?
Internships can be paid or unpaid depending on the organization and career field.

Cooperative Education
This program allows you to earn academic credit for internship experience. Please contact Shelly Oliver for eligibility and how to get started.

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