Finding an Internship Program

For college students, experiencing work in an industry they desire to be in is an exciting chapter in their academic life.  Internship provides pre-professional work experience not only to students, but also to recent graduates as well as those who seek for career changes. 

Considering an internship gives you an insider’s view of a new career field and will allow you to gain experience so that you can decide if this is something you really want to do.  Here are some ways that you can do in order to find an internship program for you.

Check out listings

Plan your internship search as if you are looking for a job, specifically stating in your resume that you are seeking internship rather than a permanent position. 

If you are still studying in college, check out your college’s Career Services or Internship Programs office or their online resources.  The office can tell you about internships that specifically target students from your college. 

Meanwhile, if you have long graduated or planning to have a career change, MonsterTrak.com provides an internship database that you can browse into.  Internweb.com can also let you search specifically for internships, enabling you to specify location, industry, job function, time of year, and keyword.

Use your network

Talk with your family, friends, teachers, former workmates, former employers, coaches, or anyone within your network and ask for contacts within your local area or intended field of interest.  Contact these individuals either by phone, e-mail, or personally and ask about possible internship.

Check the program

Internship can either be paid or unpaid.  Check the company’s internship program and see if there is a salary, stipend (which is smaller than a salary), or no compensation before you get into the program. 

Meanwhile, many internships provide academic credit, but you need to make sure if these may need to be approved by your college or to find a faculty sponsor.

 
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