Internship Do's and Don'ts


  • Do set specific goals for yourself. Know what you want to accomplish with each internship.
  • Do try and obtain at least one if not two internships during your college career.
  • Do expect to be treated professionally. And do act professionally at all times.
  • Do utilize your network of family and friends to the fullest to find internship opportunities
  • Do get as much exposure throughout the internship organization as possible.
  • Do find a mentor within the organization, whether it's your internship supervisor or some other manager.
  • Do make sure you leave your internship with new skills and a better understanding of your field.
  • Do take advantage of job and career fairs to locate possible internship opportunities.
  • Do be sure you have an excellent cover letter, resume, and polished interviewing techniques.
  • Do send thank you letters to all people who interview you -- and all the people who help you find an internship.
  • Do enjoy your internship. The experience is beneficial and will help you grow professionally.
  • Do keep in touch with coworkers from your internships -- and allow them to become part of your network.


  • Don't expect all internships to be paid. We wish they all were, but many are not. And do at least consider accepting both paid and nonpaid internships; some of the best internships may not be paid.
  • Don't expect internships to just be handed to you; internships must be earned, as with any job.
  • Don't pass up opportunities to have experiences beyond the regular scope of the internship that lead to chances to learn more about the company or industry.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions.
  • Don't forget to take advantage of the Career Center office at your university – you can find numerous internship opportunities.
  • Don't burn any bridges -- even if your internship was not the best.

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