The National Association of Colleges and Employers provides the following definition of an internship:
“An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.”
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 résumé 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.
- Good luck!
Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder. www.naceweb.org
A workshop targeted to sophomores and juniors to discuss the importance of an internship and a chance to highlight and discuss your own internship programs. Please check our calendar of events for upcoming internship workshops