Before Starting Your Internship

What are some of your professional goals/career interests?

Consider the following:

  • What type of work have you dreamed about doing?
  • Where do you see yourself working five years from now? Ten?
  • What are the skills and experiences that you can start building now that will help you make those dreams a reality?

Once answered, students can build a top ten list of employers of interest for a potential internship.

What type of organizations are you interested in?

There are a variety of organizations large and small, from Fortune 500 companies and federal agencies to local businesses and non-profit organizations. Issues to consider are size, location and corporate culture.

Where do you want to have your internship?

There are several different internship options available to students, as far as local, statewide or national. Things to consider when applying for an internship are housing, cost, travel and daily transportation. Paid internship opportunities can offset the cost required to participate in an internship outside of the area. Some employers or internship programs may even cover travel and offer housing accommodations.

When to do an internship?

Internships are competitive, so employers place application deadlines on the positions they offer. Be aware of this during the planning process. If looking for an internship experience during the Fall semester, start looking in the Spring or Summer. Students should consider preparing a great resume, cover letter, and practicing interview skills before applying or securing an internship. Visit your nearest Career Center to learn about the process.

What type of internship is being offered?

Internships can be paid or unpaid, for credit or non-credit, full time or part time. Each type has pros and cons to consider. The Career Center can offer insight on the different types of internships and offer advice on what options work best.