What Kind of Internships are There?

Type Length Paid? Description
Internship Usually 6-12 weeks Yes/No
  • Work experience related to major or desired career
  • Usually work under someone’s supervision

Cooperative Education (Co-op)

3 months to a year With academic credit Full-time experience that can be an alternate for full time classroom stduy.
Externship One day to several weeks Usually unpaid with no academic credit Job shadowing
Practicum One time No Service experience for a part of a class, such as for education or nursing majors.
  • Type: Internship
    Length: Usually 6-12 weeks
    Paid?: Yes/No
    Description:

    • Work experience related to major or desired career
    • Usually work under someone’s supervision

  • Type:

    Cooperative Education (Co-op)


    Length: 3 months to a year
    Paid?: With academic credit
    Description: Full-time experience that can be an alternate for full time classroom stduy.

  • Type: Externship
    Length: One day to several weeks
    Paid?: Usually unpaid with no academic credit
    Description: Job shadowing

  • Type: Practicum
    Length: One time
    Paid?: No
    Description: Service experience for a part of a class, such as for education or nursing majors.

How to Land the Internship or Job

  1. Brand Yourself: Develop a personal brand to be used across job search sites, on your resumes and cover letters, and on online profiles. What do you want people to associate to your brand?
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Mock Interview
  • Dressing for Success
  • LinkedIn
  • Elevator Speech

    ii. Network: 

  • Think about connections you have (family, friends, professors, classmates, etc.)
  • Identify your goals and how your connections can help.
  • Get involved with on-campus organizations.
  • Get to know people and maintain your connections.

    iii. Create an Awesome Resume:

Use Career Services resources to create your resume. Resumes are a marketing document geared to a potential employer. Your resume should highlight your skills, accomplishments, relevant to the industry. Depending on the position you are applying for you may have multiple versions of yourresume.

    iv. Practice Interviewing: 

Who doesn't get nervous durning interviews? Practicing helps create confidence! Use Career Services resources like InterviewStream andMock Interviewing to become an Interview Expert!

Value of Internships

  • Before graduating, it is important to intern at least once.
  • You should start looking for an internship at the end of your sophomore year (Summer).
  • Gain real world experience
  • Develop networking skills

How to Evaluate Your Internship Setting

Read the internship description. Most internships provide purpose, but there are those that do not. Research the company, learn about the internship site. (Reviews, other interns)

Job Search

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