Internships provide a great way for you to gain experience and “test the fit” of the many career options. You can narrow down your areas of interests and develop the relevant skills that employers in your field seek.
The Center for Career & Professional Development provides comprehensive internship advising.
“How Do I Get a Job Without Experience? How Do I Get Experience Without a Job?”
It’s the million-dollar question, but real-world experiences such as internships provide huge benefits. 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. Tools like LinkedIn, Indeed and GlassDoor offer insight into organizations.
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 the Center for Career & Professional Development is the place to get started.
Meet with an internship specialist
Our Internship and Employer Development team meets with students one-on-one to aid them in the internship process. If you’re just starting out, schedule an appointment 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 schedule a meeting.
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.