Internships provide an opportunity to facilitate student learning outside of the classroom, allowing students to apply academic theory to “real world” situations, explore career options and gain a competitive edge in the labor market. Employers benefit from additional labor, fresh ideas and the opportunity to create a pipeline for future employment.
- Research shows that 85% of companies use internship & similar experiential education programs to recruit for their full-time work forces (Monster.com, 2007).
- Employers reported they offered full-time jobs to 2 out of 3 interns (NACE, 2007).
- 42% of employers offer higher starting salaries to new college graduates who have interned(Internships.com, 2009).
What is an Internship?
An internship is:
- A supervised work experience that is designed to provide structured learning opportunities Generally, minimum of one semester; however, can be project based
- May be paid or unpaid
- May offer academic credit upon completion
Please note: Procedures for obtaining academic credit vary; Contact your faculty advisor or department to determine guidelines for approval and application process.
What is the Difference between a Job and an Internship?
- Is related to the student’s field of study
- Provides on-the-job training & an opportunity to learn additional skills
- Is designed to meet specific learning objectives
- May be required to graduate
- May be supplemented with additional academic assignments
- Has a defined end date
What are the Benefits of Interning?
Internships provide opportunities to:
- Explore career options related to one’s interests, values, skills & personality
- Gain professional skills & self-confidence
- Gather insight into a particular industry or organizational culture
- Develop related work experience & apply classroom learning Establish connections & build a network of contacts
Steps to Obtaining an Internship
1. Consider the skills you may want to develop:
- What skills will be beneficial in the field that you wish to pursue?
- What skills do you lack, or require improvement?
- What environment will provide you with the opportunity to develop these skills?
2. Begin your search 3-6 months prior to when you want to intern
3. Update your resume to include:
- Academic Projects
- Relevant Coursework
- Campus & Community Involvement
- Participation in Student Organizations
4. Obtain faculty recommendation & prepare references
5. Research fields & companies of interest
6. To receive academic credit:
- Speak to your Faculty Advisor or department to determine eligibility criteria, guidelines & application procedures
- Register for the required Internship Course
- Consider Community Engagement: http://www.cpp.edu/~cce/internships/index.shtml
7. Begin your search:
- Tell everyone you know that you are looking for an internship
- Attend Career Fairs, Resumaniacs & Career Cafes hosted by the Career Center
- Attend professional mixers & meetings
- Utilize Alumni Mentoring
- Utilize online resources
The HACU National Internship Program
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is now accepting internship applications. Please log onto their website for opportunities and application process.