Landing an Internship

Internship Checklist

Develop an Objective

  • Talk with faculty, alumni, an Advising & Career Center advisor, friends and family to generate some ideas for potential internships.
  • Obtain permission from your faculty advisor to apply and receive credit for the internship. Be sure to have a clear understanding of the responsibilities required of you.
  • Reflect on your interests, skills, and talents as you consider the kind of experience that "fits" you — the Advising & Career Center has a variety of assessment tools to help.
  • Talk with people in the field(s) you are considering — visit the Advising & Career Center for tips on informational interviewing.
  • Explore the Advising & Career Center links to your left for additional resources.

 

Identify Internship Opportunities

  • Check out current internship postings on the JSC Job Bank.
  • Arrange an informational interview with a professional in the field(s) you are considering.
  • Let professional organizations, your advisor, employers, instructors, family and friends know you are seeking an internship — they may have some ideas.
  • Research regional and national job search web sites and career exploration sites.
  • Attend local career fairs.
  • Learn more about career possibilities for your major and what recent graduates are doing: What Can I Do with a Major In. . .?

 

Prepare a Resume

  • Pick up the Resume Writing Guide in the Advising & Career Center Resource Library.
  • Attend Resume Walk-in hours on Mondays  from 2 - 4 p.m. and Thursdays 1 -3 p.m. If you are not on campus, email your resume for review.
  • Review your resume draft with advisors, employers, family and friends. Ask for feedback.

Apply for Internships

  • Research the organizations to which you are applying.
  • Revise your resume as necessary to target it to the organization and the position you are seeking.
  • Review the Cover Letter Guide in the Resource Library.
  • Complete all application materials requested by employer and send in at least four days before deadline.
  • Pick up a copy of the internship contract from your faculty supervisor or from the Academic Dean's office.

 

Prepare for an Interview

  • Know your skills and learning objectives and be sure you are able to verbalize why you are interested in the position.
  • Research the organization as much as possible prior to the interview.
  • Review the Interviewing Guide in the Resource Library.
  • Practice answering potential questions — out loud, in the car, with a friend or arrange a mock interview with a career advisor.

 

Final Steps

  • Review the cover letter guide available in the Resource Library for information on writing a thank you letter and send a thank you letter within 48 hours of your interview.
  • Once the internship is granted, refine the objectives with your site and faculty supervisor and acquaint yourself with what will be expected of you.
  • Complete an internship contract with your faculty and site supervisors. The contract will ask you to clarify the job description specifics, learning objectives, and start and finish dates.
  • Register for the internship at the Registrar's Office to receive academic credit.
  • Start your internship, gain job experience and have fun!