Internships are viable learning opportunities for students exploring virtually any career path, and are often considered one of the most significant related experiences on a resume at graduation. It is important to understand 3 things about internships prior to researching and participating in one:
1. The internship experience is an incredibly valuable tool for professional development.
2. The internship experience can have a tremendous impact on future career opportunities.
3. When you are interning you are a representation of your brand, your school and your field.
Why Should I Intern?
One common shock that college graduates find themselves facing in is the incredibly high percentage of employers that are seeking related experience in addition to education. Internships are one powerful way to suggest to an employer, "I'm ready to join your team". There are some other important benefits to internship experience, which can have a profound impact on your career direction and opportunities. With internship experience, you can:
- Determine if this is the right path for you
- Gain important networking contacts
- Obtain valuable references for future job opportunities
- Learn what it's like to be a professional member of the field you are entering
- Gain a better understanding of your coursework
- Get your "foot in the door" at a company
How Do I Get Started?
The first step after deciding that an internship is the right path for you is to research and explore all possibilities. It may be beneficial to speak with someone about the internship possibilities, and you certainly want to make sure that your profile has been updated on Tribe Careers. You may also wish look into some online resources that can help guide your search or broaden your opportunities. Check out some of these helpful links:
You will need a well-written, targeted resume and cover letter for most internship applications, and you will be responsible for having an updated profile in Tribe Careers to have access to many of the internship opportunities.
- How to network your way into an internship. (Spoiler alert, this is one of the most productive means of getting an internship.)
- FUSE - Funding for Unpaid Summer Experiences
- Arrange academic credit for your internship
- Summer Housing
An Externship is a brief (1-2 day) job shadowing opportunity that is available over Winter Break. During these experiences, students will have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the field that they are considering, as well as begin to develop a stronger professional network. Students can find and apply for externships through Tribe Careers. Students from any class year and any industry interest can benefit from the experience!