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.
University Career Services (UCS) offers a number of programs and services that assist students in finding internship opportunities. There are internships available in a diverse array of areas; there are paid and unpaid opportunities, as well as internships that offer stipends. Students interested in academic credit for their internship must make all arrangements with their academic department.
Internships offer the opportunity to confirm your career and academic choice, work in a paid (or sometimes non-paid) full- or part-time career related position, network with professionals in your field, and increase your marketability upon graduation. Depending on the requirements of your academic department, academic credit may be offered.
Gaining Clarity and Direction
Before you begin looking for an internship, complete the first step in the career development process: self-assessment. Determine your values, interests, and skills and connect these to possible career fields. Knowing yourself will help you to identify career fields that you will enjoy and to determine which internships to pursue.
Researching Careers and Exploring Options
After you have identified career fields, which you would like to explore further, you will be ready to use the resources available through the University Career Services to locate internship information and opportunities.
Research Your Career Fields
Read about each career field on the University Career Services website. This process may either narrow or broaden your possibilities as your knowledge of various careers increases. If you are unfamiliar with our website, attend an orientation or see a career counselor for assistance in identifying resources. Network with faculty, alumnae, and professionals to learn about the realities of various professions as well as trends and developments in your fields of interest. Determine a career field in which you would like to pursue an internship.
- Allow the student to test what they have learned in the classroom in business, industry, government, and non-profit organizations.
- Help the student in career decision-making.
- Facilitate networking contact, potentially establishing mentoring relationships.
- Can provide financial assistance.
- Enhance students' skill and abilities.
- Teach effective job search, resume writing and interviewing techniques.
- Give the competitive edge in employment after graduation, since many employers look for relevant work experience.
- Provide professional career guidance to you and assist you in any way possible to help you secure an internship.
- Network and call on employers to create possible internship opportunities for students.
- Place and maintain all internships opportunities on the website.
- Provide you with the knowledge, resources and tools to make your search go as smoothly as possible.
- Follow-up internship leads from students, faculty and professional colleagues.