Internships are essential! Most students nationwide graduate with at least one, if not several internship experiences. They help you “test the fit” of the many career options open to you as a liberal art student. Figure out what interests you. Get the skills you need to convince an employer to hire you.
Get comprehensive internship advising from Career Services' Internship Development program.
Internship Development News
Junior Natalia Rodriguez had heard the conventional wisdom that it’s hard to land a really cool internship, especially in media. But she didn’t let that stop her. Learn how she showcased the very skills she intended to use on the job - creativity, technology and tenacity - to land a great internship!
The United Way of Williamson County has selected Southwestern University as its Volunteer Partner of the Year for 2013 for financial and volunteer support, including providing student interns.
Ever thought you’d want to work in politics or government? The Texas Politics Internship Program is a great way to test out your idea!
OK, maybe not, but careers engaging monkeys and other animals might be really fascinating and rewarding. The SU Animal Behavior Program does a great job preparing students for veterinary medicine, zoo and research careers.
SU alumnus Blair Quinius ’05 lives and works in Copan Ruinas, Honduras, where he founded a branch of the non-profit UrbanPromise, providing a support network for at-risk children and youth through after-school programs, summer camps and leadership development. Six-week summer internships with his organization are a great way to explore international development and non-profit work.
How do I get a job without experience? How do I get experience without a job?
An internship is the answer. Internships provide professional experiences as a part of undergraduate study. The intern is under the supervision of at least one practicing professional. Depending on where you intern, some may offer pay, but many do not.
Internships can take the form of academic (for credit) or experience-only internships. Usually completed in the junior or senior year, an academic internship is typically more rigorous and provides academic credit toward your degree program.
Experience-only internships can be completed at any time, provided you meet the requirements set forth by the company or organization offering an internship program that interests you. You can even pitch your skills and the offer to work for an organization that hasn’t offered internships in the past - this usually works most effectively if you offer to work for no remuneration.
Internship programs are a win-win opportunity for students and employers. Employers can test, groom and recruit full-time candidates, and more and more students are taking advantage of internships to maintain a competitive edge in the job market.
What are the key factors in securing an internship?
Timing: Begin well in advance of the application deadline to prepare materials (transcripts, recommendations and writing samples may be required, for example) and fine-tune your resume.
Research: In-depth research of the organization is time consuming but will pay off when writing a cover letter and in the interview process. Need ideas on what kinds of fields might most interest you? Stop by the Resource Center to browse the more than 500 publications detailing careers in a broad variety of occupations. Grab Major Possibilities brochures for your major or any others that interest you. And don’t forget the Internet as a great research tool. Check out our compilation of Internet Links designed to help you sort through the avalanch of information available online.
Attitude/Motivation: While some programs impose a minimum GPA or require a specific major, the deciding factor - time and time again - is the applicant’s attitude. Specifically, hiring managers use cover letters and interviews to gauge an applicant’s motivation and energy. Organizations want interns who are mature, self-motivated, professional and who maintain a high level of energy.
Are you ready to experience the world of work through job shadowing, group externship visits and actual internships? Then Career Services Internship Development is the place to get started.
Meet with an Internship Specialist
Maria Kruger, Internship Coordinator, meets with students one-on-one to aid them in the internship process. If you’re just starting out, schedule an appointment with Maria to brainstorm options or discuss the fields you’re already considering. If you have an internship for academic credit in mind and need to obtain internship paperwork, you also need to meet with Maria. Drop-in hours for internship advising are also available weekly on Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. at Pop in for Popcorn and several times per semester on Wednesdays from 5-6:30 p.m., both in the Career Services office in the Prothro Center.
Browse current and archived internship postings
SU PirateLink contains all current internship postings, as well as those for full-time and part-time jobs. Use your email address as the login and the “forgot password” feature if you need help remembering yours. Examples of past internships SU students have pursued are available through the Internship Archive.