Internship Prep

Internships are a great way to build skills, gain experience and a first-hand look at occupations. Employers value interns who bring new ideas to the workplace and often tap interns for full-time positions.

Check out Flash at Work for jobs and internships and     KSU Department Internship Contacts


    How to Prepare for and Make the Most of an Internship

    1.  ASSESS YOUR READINESS

    • Are you confident about your career goals?
    • When do you wish to complete an internship? Is it required of your program?
    • Do you know the basics?
      » Internships can occur year round, typically last 10 - 15 weeks, and range from 10 - 30 work hours per week.

      » Details about work hours, length of internship, rate of pay, and other specifics are negotiated between employers and interns.
      » If registering for academic credit, contact the department internship contact for approval.

    2.  CREATE A PROFESSIONAL IMAGE

    3.  APPLY FOR INTERNSHIPS

    4.  PRACTICE INTERVIEWING

    5.  CONVEY PROFESSIONALISM

    • Arrive on time and dress in business attire.
    • Respect office protocols and learn all you can about the organization, industry, and profession. 
    • Network by speaking to people in all positions and seek out a mentor.
    • Communicate regularly with your supervisor by asking questions, seeking feedback, and completing assigned duties and projects.
    • Show initiative and a strong work ethic by welcoming new tasks, learning new skills, and striving to exceed expectations.

    6.  REFLECT ON experience AND LEAVE A POSITIVE IMPRESSION