Why do I need an internship?
Internships provide valuable experience and prepare you for career success. In fact, many full-time job offers come from internships. To be competitive in today’s business world, we recommend completing one to three internships prior to graduating.
Internship opportunities are available year-round. However, be aware that some companies and industries recruit in the early fall for internships that begin the following summer. Log in to UCareerPath to apply to jobs and internships. Check UCareerPath frequently to ensure you don’t miss out!
Making the most of your Internship
Obtaining an internship is only the first step. You also need to perform well and make a positive impression on your supervisors and coworkers. Listed below are strategies for a successful internship.
See here for a timeline of when to set goals and follow-up, in order to make the most of your internship experience.
Communicate respectfully with all employees. Exhibit your professionalism by being punctual, efficient and dedicated.
More than likely, you will have a supervisor who will assist and guide you. Ask questions. It’s important to clarify an assignment upfront; that way you won’t get it wrong.
Many of your duties will be well-defined, but some work may not be. Your employer will be impressed when you see a problem or issue and address it. Be flexible and respond positively to change.
If your internship helped you to learn what you don’t want to do, thank them for the opportunities they provided you and even ask if they may have contacts in your new area of interest. If it appears you will stay on either as an intern or in a full-time professional position, clarify new expectations and arrangement