Pack a Proper Internship Directions 99 - Pack your Bags for the 21st Century Region 3 Student Conference Julie Furst
Show of Hands How many people in the audience are currently working as an intern? How many interns are working in your area of collegiate study? How many remaining people in the audience are currently working? Of those individuals, how many are employed professionally?
Understand how... Internships can enhance your educational experience. Internships can help your professional career from the start. You can control your internship and make it a more rewarding experience. You can use your experiences as an intern to choose the right career and make the right career decisions.
Myself Milwaukee School of Engineering –2 years B.S. Biomedical Engineering –2 years B.S. Technical Communication GE Marquette Medical Systems –Technical Information Product Developer –MUSE CV System - Cardiology Division
My Experiences Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin - Emergency Medicine Administrative Assistant Generac, Inc. - Technical Writing Intern American Society for Quality Control - Newsletter Editor Marquette Medical Systems - MARS Software Validator
Internship Defined: Any carefully monitored work or service experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals, and reflects actively on what is learned throughout the experience.
Learning Goals Academic Learning Career Development Skill Development Personal Development The National Society for Internships and Experiential Education Publications: National Directory of Internships ($22) Effective Internship Supervision ($15) (919) 787-3263 http://www.nsee.org FOR MORE INFO...
For Your Benefit Enhance classroom learning through access to the resources of the job. Acquire experiences in the real “working world”. Gain a sense of different career fields and of specific jobs within these fields. Build your resume and portfolio. Meet new people, make new friends, and network.
Payoffs for Employers First-hand knowledge –work habits –hands-on experience –product/process Less training required Increased initial productivity
Quotes from the New York Times “From the job seekers point of view, it may be best to stay in school for an internship - you can maximize your marketability to get the hottest job at the highest possible salary.” “Internships can provide you an important edge. You’ll be able to demand more and get farther and faster when you graduate.” The Importance of Internship - Michelle Cottle New York Times, New York, Dec 13, 1998
The Search Begins Internet Searches College Programs/Departments Career Placement/Development Offices Career Fairs Newspaper and Magazines Temporary Agencies/Employment Agencies Professional Organizations Referrals
Double-Check College Course Requirements College Standing Specifications Minimum Experience Required
Up Front Establish your responsibilities. Establish your goals. Establish what you have to offer.
Reviews and Evaluations Mentor Review Performance Review/Evaluation Business Evaluation
Useful URL’s National Society for Internships and Experimental Education www.nsee.org The Mining Company home.miningco.com/index.htm Society of Technical Communication www.stc-va.org Companies Online www.companiesonline.com Career Search www.careersearch.net
Other Options Mentor Programs Volunteer Organizations College and University Work Study Programs College Projects Self-Directed Internships Co-ops Government and Nonprofit Sector Internships
My Advice On... Paid Vs. Unpaid Internships Internship Salary Range Number of Internships (Too Many Vs. Too Few) When to Move On Best Time to Interview Within the Company How to Ask for an Interview
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. -Mark Twain