A great first step toward an internship is to gain experience on-Grounds. Consider student organizations, class projects, and other experiential learning opportunities to build transferable skills that employers will find beneficial to their organizations and provide direction for your search. Externships, job shadowing, and volunteer service learning are additional ways to increase your industry exposure and career focus, giving you an edge as an intern candidate.
Internships help you assess what you like as much as what you do not, so be comfortable exploring. You may be surprised to find your initial career interests to be less of a fit than you thought. Or, you may discover a new career path that is more exciting than you imagined. Both experiences are invaluable to finding your future career direction. Learning about functional roles, organizational cultures, and industries will benefit you in developing transferable skills, direction, and a professional network to help you reach your future goals.
Ways to Gain Experience
- Career IDEAs Externship Program
- Externships, Fellowships, & Job Shadowing
- Volunteering & Service Learning
- Student Organizations
- Part-Time Jobs & Student Employment
Career Communities are a great way to learn more about opportunities in the fields of your choice!
- Business & Technology
- Creative Arts, Media, & Design
- Education, Counseling, & Youth Development
- Public Service & Government
- Science & Sustainability
You will find that networking is one of the most important parts of the internship search. Even if you have the perfect resume and lots of experience, it is often difficult to land an internship without having been active in networking beforehand. Connecting with professionals who can offer inside perspective about trends, perspectives, and opportunities in your desired career field will give you an edge in your internship search and interviewing process.
Informational interviewing is the process of gathering career information from people who are already working in target occupations, organizations, or geographic locations.
- Why Informational Interviewing?
- How to set up an Informational Interview
- Questions to ask in the informational interview