"...internships provide you with an opportunity to learn in a real work environment with professionals in your field...you'll be able to develop key competencies, skills, and work characteristics that employers seek… You'll also have a better understanding of what people in your field do, gain more confidence in your abilities, and learn how to get things done. In general, you'll be better prepared to enter the world of work and your field." National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE)
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. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent." (NACE)
Regional & National Internship Search Sites:
- InternMatch Internships is a free online platform for students to find internships with a focus on startup and non-profit internships.
- Royall & Company
- El Pomar Foundation
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Rising Star Internships
- National Internship Search
- Cool Works
- Princeton Review
International Internship Resources
- Students Go Abroad
- Association for International Practical Training
- Intern Abroad
- International Exchange Education
- International Student Placement Center
- CDS International
- International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience
Discipline Specific Internships
Nonprofit Internship Sites
Government & Federal Agency Internships
- Agree in writing what your job responsibilities will be. Be sure that this agreement represents what you wish to get from the internship as well.
- Evaluate your experience to make sure your are getting from it what you expected. Meet regularly with your supervisor to discuss whether you are meeting your goals and their goals, get feedback on your performance, and to clarify assignments and tasks before heading in the wrong direction.
- Be a dependable employee! For example, don't forget to call if you're sick or going to arrive late. This lets your supervisor know your job is important to you.
- Plan to work hard and do more than is expected. Avoid "it's not my job" thinking. Take the initiative and ask for additional assignments once you've completed yours.
- Learn the "corporate culture" of your organization and be willing to adapt to it.
- Develop and utilize strong interpersonal communication skills, including both oral and written communication. Learn to listen carefully to be sure you fully understand instructions or requests.
- Demonstrate patience and sensitivity with others, avoiding public confrontations or complaining. Learn the art of tact when working on a team which includes being receptive to other's input and knowing when to compromise.
- With written work, be sure you've proofread it carefully for content, spelling and grammar before submitting it.
- Another aspect of good communication skills is developing relationships with your coworkers. Get to know and be known by others in your work environment...your professional growth depends on it.
- Leave your internship with a good recommendation from your supervisor and stay in touch - networking is the heart of a good job search!
- Finally, the key to a successful transition into your new internship is to take the initiative and do the best you can.
Find the Right Internship For You: This resource offers tactics from buying business cards, to networking at Chamber of Commerce events that help anyone regardless of connections find a great internship.
Top Intern Employers (Collegegrad.com annual list): This is another great internship search resource available to you.