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The Ins and Outs ofInternshipsThe Ins and Outs ofInternshipsThe Ins and Outs ofInternshipsThe Ins and Outs ofInternships
Considering an Internship?
An intern is… A student or a recent graduate undergoing supervised practical training. An internship is an opportunity to integrate career related experience into an undergraduate education by participating in planned, supervised work.
cooperative education practicum externship apprenticeship and Clinical experience, student teaching
Internships Vary Across the University Paid or unpaid Required or optional Credit or no credit 5 hours a week to 40 hours a week: full-time or part-time Practicum-90 hours-6-8 hours per week During the Summer, Fall or Spring Semesters Off campus or on
It's hard to land a job without having done the job. –Internships are not only a crucial way to bridge that experience gap, they've become an expectation for companies. –National Association of Colleges and Employers says employers in a recent survey reported 42.1 percent of their entry-level hires from the Class of 2014 came from their own internship programs.
Each department determines and publishes eligibility for internship credit. –Criteria may include GPA, number of hours completed or class rank.
Awarded during the semester that the internship is completed. Earned in the department most clearly aligned with the experience. Get approval BEFORE you start your internship
An ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP IS... On-site learning experience Related to student’s major/interest Planned ahead of time Student receives credit Student has academic responsibilities too Student is supervised on-site & by faculty
Each department will determine the grading system used –either P/F or letter grades.
Cooperating Employer - University, industry or government, agency, business or organization that has agreed to participate in the internship program and whose participation has been agreed to by the department. Faculty Supervisor - faculty member who supervises the student’s internship experience. Such person should be knowledgeable in the area of work in which the student is gaining experience, and may or may not be the student’s advisor or departmental coordinator. Departmental Coordinator - department head or person designated by same, who coordinates activities of all internships in that academic department.
Initiate Participation - discuss their intention with your advisor at least one semester prior to the internship Prepare Resume Find Internship Complete paperwork
CheckCheck with your academic adviser VisitVisit Career Services ReadRead Your Weekly Internship Alerts from Career Connections AccessAccess websites AttendAttend job fairs ContactContact the Chamber of Commerce of the city where you would like to work. NetworkNetwork DesignDesign your own internship-find a company that interests you but that doesn't have an internship program
Each employer has its own application process –So find out that application procedure –When is the deadline? –What will the employer need from you to make your application complete? –Start early.
Procedures to get Signed-up Submit an application for internship participation to the faculty supervisor or Departmental Coordinator. Register and pay tuition and fees in the semester in which the internship is being completed. IF you will be away for fall or spring semester, notify the University
During the Internship, you will typically… Submit progress reports to the faculty supervisor Submit an evaluative final report Write/present additional assignments and/or specific on- site projects Participate in seminar(s) to exchange ideas and experiences between fellow interns and faculty
The Internship is a Two-Way Assessment Street An internship is a great opportunity to get experience in your field, learn about a company, and get a better understanding of what you want to do after graduation. Throughout your internship, you’ll determine if the company is where you want to do your life's best work. An internship is a working interview. Management sees how you fit into the culture and how well you can do the job. Be cautiously aware of your actions and behavior.
It is a 2 way street Be On Time (Early!) Work Hard Ask Questions (Tap into resources on your own first) Meet Deadlines (Beat Them) Communicate Professionally Dress Professionally Show Confidence (No Arrogance) Don’t Complain Learn New Things Be Humble Be On Time (Early!) Work Hard Ask Questions (Tap into resources on your own first) Meet Deadlines (Beat Them) Communicate Professionally Dress Professionally Show Confidence (No Arrogance) Don’t Complain Learn New Things Be Humble
Look Professional, Be Professional You probably know that every place of employment has its own dress code. Typically the employer dress code expectations differ significantly from the way you dress when you go to class, or hang out with friends. Don't be afraid to ask your manager about the clothing expectations so you can dress for success on the first day. At the job: Business casual can often be misunderstood, so avoid jeans, mini-skirts, shorts, leggings, visible undergarments, or flip flops.
Practice First Day Logistics Reach out, introduce yourself and take initiative to connect with your manager to fine-tune those first day details. Questions to ask: -What time are you expected to arrive? -What will your hours be? -Where is the office located? -Where should you park? -Will you have a Mentor? -Learn what to talk about and what not to -Check your driving route -When checking in at security, who should you ask for? -Is there an on-site cafeteria, or should you plan to pack a lunch/eat out?
Remember, Internships make you employable!
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