Career Center

Internships

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Students with a paid internship receive nearly 50% more job offers than those who had an unpaid internship or no internship.

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When employers have equally qualified candidates, the candidate that has internship experience will get
the job offer.
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 Students with a paid internship are 56% more likely to get a full-time offer from their employer.

What is an Internship?

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

 An internship is different than a job because it provides:

  •     On-the-job training related to the student's field of study
  •     Supervised work experience designed to meet specific learning objective
  •     May be required to graduate
  •     Possibility of receiving academic credit upon completion
  •     A defined end date (generally one semester or academic year in length)

Benefits

Obtaining an internship is a great way to gain work experience in your professional field of interest. Additionally, internships offer a variety of benefits:

  • Engage in student learning outside of the classroom
  • Network and make connections in your professional field
  • Explore career options related to your interests, values, skills & personality
  • Gain professional skills & self-confidence
  • Gather insight about a particular industry or organization culture
  • Gain a competitive edge with workforce experience                           

Steps to Finding an Internship

The first step to finding an internship is to define your goal. 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?
  • What industry do you want to gain experience in?

Any internship that you apply for will require a resume. Take the time to tailor your resume to include:

  • Work experience
  • Relevant coursework
  • Academic projects
  • Campus and community involvement
  • Student organizations and leadership
  • Skills, awards, and recognitions

Virtual Resources:

Most internship applications will requuire a letter of recommendation and/or references.

  • Letter of Recommendation: A formal document that validates someone's work, skills or academic performance. A letter of recommendation is often needed for someone who is applying for a job, internship, college or university, leadership position or volunteer opportunity.
  • Reference: A person who can answer questions about your work history, skills, abilities, and work style. Examples of references include:
    • Recent bosses
    • Coworkers
    • Professors
    • Organization/group members
    • Volunteer members
    • Family friends/acquiantances (only if they are a professional reference)

 Helpful Tips:

  • Attach your resume when requesting a letter of recommendation or reference
  • Ask for a digital copy of your letter of recommendation

Internship Search Tips:

  • Begin your internship search 6-9 months prior to when you want to intern
  • 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

Internship Search Engines:

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Academic Internships

An Academic Internship is just what it sounds like: any internship that provides academic credit for the work that a student does while working with a partner site. They provide experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and professional development in a workforce setting.

Key resources to securing an Academic Internship:

  1. Contact your college or department's Internship Advisor to understand the internship requirements
  2. Review the Academic Internship Process Flowchart
  3. Search for Academic Internships on BroncoSERV

For additional information, visit the Center for Community Engagement