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 are now the number one way in which employers identify future hires.

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    How to Prepare for and Make the Most of an Internship

    1.  ASSESS YOUR READINESS FOR AN INTERNSHIP

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

      » Details about the number of hours worked, length of internship, rate of pay, and other specifics are negotiated between employers and interns. 

      » If registering for academic credit, you should contact the appropriate department internship contact for prior approval.

    2.  CREATE A PROFESSIONAL IMAGE

    3.  LOCATE AND APPLY FOR INTERNSHIPS

    4.  PRACTICE INTERVIEWING

    5.  CONVEY PROFESSIONALISM AT ALL TIMES

    • Arrive on time, dress in business attire, and display a strong work ethic.
    • 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. Listen, ask questions, complete assigned projects, and ask for new tasks, as appropriate.
    • Show initiative by being willing to learn new skills.

    6.  REFLECT ON WHAT YOU LEARNED AND LEAVE A POSITIVE IMPRESSION

    • Request references from your supervisor and/or other colleagues.
    • Update your resume to include the internship experience.
    • Reflect on your experience and feedback from your supervisor. 
    • Affirm or redefine your career aspirations and next-steps with a career counselor.