Before getting started on your internship process, please take a minute to sign up for the Career Center. Doing so will enable us to assist you, and help you get up and running quickly with an internship that furthers your career goals.
Steps To A Successful Internship
- Complete Online Enrollment Form
The first step to getting an internship is enrolling with the Career Center. You can enroll online at any time.
- Setting Internship and Career Goals
Your internship is an opportunity to gain real work experience in a professional work setting. It is the chance to develop confidence, maturity, and responsibility; to test your abilities; and to help you attain your career goals.
First, you must identify your personal and professional goals, making sure your academic skills and interests can fit an internship.
Next, consider the importance of matching yourself and each internship opportunity. Examine what skills, attributes, abilities, and limitations you will bring to an internship to enable you to attain your goals and be useful to the organization for which you want to work. Think about your skills and abilities. Even if you have had no formal work experience, you have acquired a number of skills.
- Meeting internship and graduation requirements
- 20 hours of on-campus experience
- 60 hours of accepted off-campus experience
- You can begin your internship during the summer after your sophomore year.
- You must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
- You must be in good academic standing to apply for an internship.
- You must be within two semesters of graduating to be eligible.
- Internships during the school year are permissible if you are a student in good standing.
- The internship must be an extension of the classroom – a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom.
- You must complete and return required internship forms: Internship Site Information and Internship agreement
- Discovering internship opportunities
There are many ways to find an internship, but it takes preparation and planning.
The Career Development Center is a great resource for you. Please contact them today to learn about what internship opportunities are available, as well as how to prepare for and land them.
Put the word out, and tell everyone you know that you are looking for a specific type of internship.
You can find internship opportunities in a variety of different ways, including but not limited to:Networking
Center for Student Success
Past employersFamily & friends
Fellow job seekers (share leads)
Social networking sites
Research targeting specific organizations and companies of interest
In each of the examples above, remember:
- Be proactive and reach out to everyone you know.
- This is the start to building your network.
- You must put the work in for yourself.
- Applying for internships
Once you know all of your options and have narrowed down the opportunities to those that interest you, you need to begin the application process.
*Note what each company requires in its application process, and stay on top of each deadline.
To apply for internships, you will need to have a current résumé and cover letter customized for each opportunity you apply to. Your résumé must include:
Major(s) or minor(s) Grade point average Relevant coursework Strengths of skills Leadership roles Honors Community involvement and volunteer experience Work experiences and additional internship experiences
- Preparing for internship interviews
The next step is interviewing, and you want to be well prepared and give a good impression. For
an internship, you would prepare yourself for the interview just as you would prepare for a job interview. You should expect to be asked:
- Traditional types of questions
- Behavioral-based questions
- Leadership questions
Be prepared for all different types of interviews. These could include, but are not limited to:
- Telephone screenings
- Second interview
- Peer group
- Performing follow-ups
After your interview, always send a thank you note as a follow-up. Extending this gracious and professional gesture conveys your appreciation for the opportunity and your excitement about joining the team. This may be accomplished by your mailbox or your inbox.
- Always send a thank you note within 24 hours of the interview.
- Send a separate thank you note to each of your interviewers.
- Thank them for the opportunity.
- Recap your interest.
- Personalize it.
- Accepting and declining internship offers
You did it – you landed the internship!
You did well on your interview, and you have received an offer letter in either your mailbox or your inbox. This letter serves as a formal proposal for you to begin your internship at the company. Confirm and acknowledge the terms agreed upon, including the position title, start date, and salary. If the company sends an offer letter, which you need only sign and date, then write a brief letter thanking them. This can be used as a cover letter for the documents you are returning.
Letter declining an offer
Express your appreciation for the offer and the organization’s interest. Offer a brief comment about why you are declining. Be considerate and respectful in order to remain on good terms for possible consideration down the road.
What if I don’t get the internship
Don’t become discouraged. Visit the Career Development Center and get some interviewing tips. Practice, remain positive, and try again.
- Making the Most of Your Internship
An internship is an opportunity to gain real work experience in a professional work setting.
It is a chance to develop confidence and maturity, to test your abilities, and to help you attain your career goals.
Build rapport with career professionals and start network building and job searching. Expand career portfolios and gain professional experience to include on your résumé, which can significantly improve your marketability to employers.
Examine strategies for effective workplace behavior, including collaboration, taking instruction, and escalating issues appropriately.
- Tips for Internship Success
Your internship experience is one of the most important steps to take in creating the foundation for a successful career. Since the professional world can be very different from college life, it is important that you have an understanding of some of the differences. Use these tips to help you make the most of this valuable experience.
First These are very important, as is maintaining a good impression. It is important for you to behave like a professional while at the work place. Appearance Proper grooming and professional appearance is a priority at the work place. Attendance Regular attendance is your responsibility. Promptness Punctuality and reliability are important in reporting to the internship site. Practice good time management. Politeness Be aware and respect the feelings of other people in manners, speech, and behavior. Attitude Have a great attitude – your attitude is an expression of yourself and is one of your greatest assets. Dependability You are being trusted to demonstrate professional, responsible behaviors, so meet your deadlines and ask how you can do more. Network Capitalize on your time with your company and take the opportunity to meet as many of your co-workers as possible, especially those in other departments. Respectful Listen well. Be helpful. Don’t make excuses. Let go of anger. Be willing to be flexible. You need to earn your way into the company’s culture, and that is through respect. Record Track your accomplishments. Record your experience and achievements and include them on your LinkedIn profile and résumé. Recommendations Ask your supervisor for a letter of recommendation. Keep in contact so that you can call upon him/her later when references are needed.
- Recording and journaling the experience
Recording your daily activities can be one of the most effective learning tools in your internship because it allows you to reflect and chart your success. You may use your electronic device or a writing journal to keep track of your daily work activity.
- Record the date and time and the obligations or activity.
- Record details of new assignments and requirements.
- Schedule and record 10 to 15 minute interviews with other employees detailing their career paths.
- Record and compare your learning paths with your current job.
- Record team job duties observing the pros and cons of your input.
- Record how you assist with a job activity and the communication process.
- Record your success on a task requirement.
- Record a meeting, including what was discussed and how you received the information.
- Record how you can make changes to improve a certain task.
- Schedule and record your evaluation meeting with a supervisor.
- Required Forms
- Internship Information Log
- Internship Site Information
- Internship Experiential Learning / Pre-Evaluation
- Internship Experiential Learning / Post-Evaluation
- Internship Time Management Worksheet
- Internship Agreement