An internship is hands-on work experience within a career field of interest to you. It is the key to opening post-graduation doors!
Academic year internships are part-time, generally 10-20 hours per week and employers work around your class schedule. Most summer internships are 30-40 hours a week.
Whether an intern receives compensation varies by employment sector, industry, and size of the employer.
What you will gain from internship experience:
- See your academic learning connect with the world of work.
- Develop and practice specific, marketable skills – figure out where your strengths lie.
- Learn about career options and tasks you enjoy.
- Learn about organizations and your work-culture preferences.
- Develop relationships with professionals that will become a part of your network.
- Relevant experience that adds credibility to your resume.
- A job offer!
Steps to Planning an Internship
What if I’m not sure what kind of work I want to do?
- Make an appointment to see a Career Educator in the Career Development Center. They can help you identify your interests and strengths, provide information about common careers associated with your major and help you brainstorm ideas. To schedule an appointment, please complete this form.
- Get ideas from the First Destinations Survey report – read about where other students have done internships!
Where do I look for advertised internships?
- The Career Development Center maintains a website where organizations post internships
- You can search by career areas of interest or by name of the employer. It is recommended that you login to TommieCareers to conduct a Filtered search and isolate only Internship postings. You can also create a Job Alert if you want the system to email you when new internships are posted.
Project-based & Remote work resources
The changing world of work has seen the development of organizations facilitating project-based, remote work opportunities. Here are just two that have come to our attention.
- Make a list of organizations that appeal to you and look at their websites to see if they have posted internship opportunities there.
- Send a Thank you Note to your supervisor and anyone else that was particularly friendly and helpful to you on your internship
- See a Career Educator about updating your resume and talking about this experinece in future interviews.
- See a Career Educator if you are unsure about a job offer you may receive.