What is an internship?
Think skill sets! Internships help students build and refine a variety of important and lasting skills that ease their transition into the workplace: organization, time management, customer service and business etiquette. Students also gain more defined skills that are directly related to a specific professional industry, including policies and procedures, industry terminology, and management techniques.
Who participates in internships?
Identifying Places of Interest
- What kind of experience are you looking for? One that will allow you to float during your experience and learn about the organization or profession as a whole or something more specialized?
- Do you want to intern with a national or international company or a company that is more localized?
- Do you want to travel to another location such as your hometown or elsewhere?*
- Do you need to get paid? Do you want to earn credit?
- What are the listed expectations of the companies you are interested in? Do they require you to work 40 hours per week, travel, keep a daily or weekly log of activities, make presentations, etc?
- Network Network Network! – According to an Intern Bridge Inc. survey of more than 12,000 students, this was the #1 way to find an internship.
- You’ve Accepted an Internship – Now What?
- Congratulations on your internship! We are so pleased that you’ve found an opportunity that is helping you explore your possible career interests. As you prepare for your experience, take some time to write down the following:
- Internship Learning Objectives – Brainstorm three or four specific things you want to learn during your experience. At the conclusion of your internship, bring these objectives back out and write down what you’ve accomplished. This is what you will record on your resume.
- Transferable Skills – More often than not, students focus more on the title and job description of the internship and not paying attention to the additional skills that will be acquired. Remember to think in terms of transferable skills, skills that will allow you to do any job, anywhere at any time. These types of skills include organization, customer service, time management, leadership, business and phone etiquette, networking and much more.