Internships

Internships

Overview
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.

The 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.

An internship is a supervised on-site learning experience. The primary purpose of the internship is to provide an opportunity for a student to apply coursework knowledge in a real work setting.

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.


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.

An internship is a one-time project oriented and supervised on-site learning experience. The primary purpose of the internship is to provide an opportunity for the student to apply coursework knowledge in a real work setting.
Internships:

  • 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.

Individuals who have little to no work experience; students who want to gain experience in their major; persons who are changing career; someone who would like to test a career before entering it; students who would like to begin building a network of contacts.
The internship coordinator’s role is to:

  • 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.

You should begin planning your internship as soon as possible, but absolutely no later than the beginning of the semester preceding the term in which you would like to do the internship. For example, if you would like to complete your internship during the summer semester, you will need to begin your search process in January of the same year.
Course credit is determined by the student’s individual academic department.
Most internships are paid. However, some internships are unpaid or have a stipend. The employer determines whether or not the internship is paid and how much. Unpaid internships can offer a great learning experience, especially in today’s labor market.
Students who demonstrate a high level of interest and motivation, and who take advantage of learning opportunities tend to gain the most from internship experiences. It is very important to maintain good communication with your supervisor/ mentor and co-workers to obtain as much feedback as possible on your work performance, be enthusiastic and have a positive attitude about the work activities that you perform. You will also be given a final evaluation of your performance that should be used as part of your career development plan.
The purpose of the orientation is to give the student an overview of the Internship Program, including policies and procedures, and to ask questions.

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