Internships: The why, where, when, and how
An internship is generally a semester-long, supervised work experience related to a student's major or career goal for which the student may earn academic credit. They can be completed sooner, but typically students fill their internship requirement junior and senior year.
What sets an internship apart from a part-time job or volunteer experience is that the internship incorporates specific learning objectives; reflection, usually in the form of journaling; and emphasis on professional development.
- Geographic location of internship (Where is it located?)
- Pay (Is it a paid or unpaid internship?)
- Academic credit (Will it be for academic credit or not?)
- Time commitment (How much time will be involved, academically and/or at the workplace?)
- Semester (Fall, spring, or summer)
- Industry (In what company, field, or area to do an internship)
- Purpose (What do you want to gain from the internship—a specific skill set, certain project, or experience in a certain field?)
- Gain valuable work experience prior to graduating
- Enhance your academic curriculum
- Narrow your career choices by trying out different options
- Develop transferrable skills
- Expand your individual contact network
- Future references or letters of recommendation
- Develop a strong resume and have it critiqued by Career Services
- Conduct a mock interview, read up on current interview practices, review potential interview questions
- Begin searching for companies and industries of interest
- Meet with Career Services about available opportunities.
- Specialized internship web sites
- Print resources such as "Top Internships" and "The Internship Bible"
- Individual company websites
- Make use of personal network, no matter how small it may seem.
- It is almost impossible to know where or how an opportunity will arise. Always keep your eyes open.
- Meet with the Career Services director and search through an internship database with information on employers who previously listed internships.
Marauder Jobs is a resource which connects you to all things relating to the job or internship search.
After registering at www.umary.edu/marauderjobs as a user you will be able to:
- Search and apply for full-time, part-time, internship, and work study positions
- Learn about the sign up for various career events
- Access a resources library with handouts, and videos on resume writing, cover letter writing, interviewing, job fairs and more
- Allow employers to search and view your resume online
- Access the Career Mentor database to talk directly to professionals/alumni in careers of interest, job shadow, etc...