Have you visited your institution's college and career
center? Ask them for information about internships and
links to possible opportunities. You should also speak
with your department chairperson or academic advisor.
This section provides you with links to articles about
internships and how to go about getting an internship.
You can Some of the articles were gleaned from our member
institutions' online college and career centers. You
can peruse additional member institution career centers
Make sure you participate in an internship or fellowship
experience, particularly if you are planning to pursue
Thinking About Internships
Applying for Internships
Succeeding in an Internship
It's never too early to start planning for
your internship. The total process—finding an internship
and applying and interviewing for it—can take several
weeks or even months. Here is a general timeline to
assist you with the planning process.
Step-By-Step Guide to Applying for Internships
Begin thinking about internships four to six
months ahead of time.
THINKING ABOUT INTERNSHIPS
Why Have an Internship?
Internships are invaluable. Internship experiences
can expose you to a wealth of new ideas, techniques,
and applications that will greatly enhance your knowledge
of computational science and other disciplines, thereby
making your classroom education more meaningful.
What Is an Internship?
An internship is an opportunity provided by an employer
(also known as a sponsor) to a student (also known as
an intern) for the purpose of learning more about a particular
field and gaining real world work experience. In return,
the employer benefits by having a bright, creative, enthusiastic
intern make a meaningful contribution to the sponsoring
General Questions About Internships
Starting the process of finding an internship can be
difficult and confusing. Maybe you have some questions
about internships and other programs in general. We've
put together a list of common questions we thought you
What Can I Get Out Of It?
There are many benefits to doing an internship.
Guide to Internships
An internship is a way to put your liberal arts skills
into action. Internships provide students with a supervised
short-term experience in a career field of interest. Internships
are usually more substantial than part-time or summer
jobs, and focus on the learning that takes place as a
result of the work you’re doing. Some internships
are paid, but many are not. Internships can be full-time
or part-time. They may be very structured and require
specific qualifications or they may be unstructured and
allow you to develop your own project.
Why an Internship?
An internship is an opportunity to gain work experience
in a field/area of interest. Try something, anything -
you might like it! Or you will learn you do not like it
enough to pursue upon graduation. There is no long-term
commitment; an internship is generally short-term and
a win-win situation for everyone involved.
Before you apply, develop a goal statement for your search.
Internships, Co-ops, Practicums, and Externships:
What's the Difference?
Student work and observation experiences go by
a number of different names, including internships, co-ops,
practicums, and externships. Sometimes it's hard to tell
what an experience should be called—definitions can vary
among schools and employers. Following are some general
According to the National Association of Colleges and
Employers Job Outlook 2003 for the Class of 2003 survey,
employers said that of their hires from the class of 2003,
they converted 32% of their interns to full-time employees.
Employers also report that approximately 54% of their
new hires in 2003 had internship experience.
Experience Can be the Key to Your Success
A lot of employers add these words to their advertisements—and
they're looking for experience when they scan resumes.
Your solution to meeting this requirement is to participate
in a hands-on learning experience—an internship, clinical
rotation, or cooperative education placement while you're
still in college.
If you start early enough in your college career, you
can take several of these positions and at the end of
these experiences, you'll have a better understanding
of what people in your field do. You'll have started
to learn first-hand the culture of your profession,
including communication and interpersonal skills needed
to succeed in your field. And, you may find an employer
you want to work for-and have a full-time job offer
in hand at graduation.
Look for a Job or Internship
A few helpful hints for looking for an internship.
How to Find a GREAT Internship
The following are some tips on a process to ensure you
get the most out of your experience. Your internship advisor
is available to assist you through any or all steps of
the process, although we would certainly encourage you
to begin with us!
Top Five Strategies for Landing
Your Dream Internship
All right students, you know the drill. Landing an internship
can be one of the most important things you do before
graduation. The experience can help you explore a career
field and, in many cases, position you for a full-time
job offer with your interning employer. With these potential
benefits, you'll want to be sure you are the candidate
at the top of the list for your dream internship!
Applying For Internships
Don't know how to apply for an internship? The process
is similar to applying for a job.
Summer Learning Experiences
A “How To” Guide on Finding and Obtaining
a Summer Learning Experience
How to Obtain an Internship...
There are many ways to search for internships. Listed
below are seven suggestions, however, stop by the Center
for Career Development for more strategies on finding
Student Guide to Internships
In addition to the many other internship resources available
through the CDO, we publish Making Connections: A Student
Guide to Internships to give you a student's-eye view
of how to find an internship, how to prepare for it, what
to expect when you get there, and how to make the most
How to Find Your Ideal Internship
Congratulations! By reading this article you are taking
the necessary steps for achieving greater career and
job-search success upon graduation from college. Internships
are invaluable learning experiences for college students
-- and almost a necessity for any college graduate.
Employers are demanding that college grads have "real
world" experience, and internships are one of the
best ways for college students to get that experience.
How to Find an Internship
An internship is a pre-professional work experience
that provides students, recent graduates, and those
seeking to change careers with the opportunity to gain
experience in a particular career field. For students,
internships also supplement academic classes and, in
some cases, earn college credit. For recent graduates
and individuals considering a career change an internship
is a way to try a new job without making a permanent
commitment. An internship is a way to test the waters
in a variety of career fields, to gain "real-life"
experience, and a way to decide on - or opt out - of
a certain vocation.
Locating and Applying for Internships
There are many reasons for doing an internship.
An internship will allow you to test your career objectives,
help you identify your talents and direct you toward an
appropriate career, and help you to acquire those essential
practical and professional skills you need in the business
world. But finding an internship that will do all that
for you takes some thought and preparation. Before setting
out to find an internship, ask yourself these questions:
Where do I want to do an internship? My
What type of work would I like to do?
In what field?
What type of organization would I like
to do an internship for?
What do I want to gain from an internship?
What specific skills or experiences do I want to acquire?
Top 10 Reasons to Hire Me for the Internship
It is difficult to conduct an effective search
for an internship if you don't know what you want to do
and why you are qualified to do it.
Before starting a search, you must have a good idea
of what interests you, and you must be able to convince
an employer of your merit. Knowing your "top 10"
favorite qualities and skills can make the task much
Finding an Internship
Internships are an important component of your
Thayer School experience. As you develop your skills
and knowledge through academic work, it is critical
to begin to apply them in real work settings. This kind
of experiential learning that you can get through an
internship accomplishes two things. First, it demonstrates
to employers that you are able to successfully operate
in and contribute to an organization or business. Second,
it allows you to test your career interests and goals,
helping you to explore and determine if a career field
or industry is the right fit for you.
Your internship search will likely parallel many of
the strategies you will follow in your full-time job
search. Many of the suggestions, techniques, and resources
outlined here can also be applied in your search for
a post-graduation, full-time position.
SUCCEEDING IN YOUR
Making the Most of Your Internship
Rarely, students experience problems in an internship.
If you experience problems, you should try to first
negotiate with your employer directly. If this does
not work, you should notify the Internship Coordinator.
If you are unhappy and have tried to work things out,
but nothing has worked, you may resign, but do so professionally
(give them advanced notice, and behave respectfully).