Essentials to a Successful Internship Search. Why Have an Internship? Integrate classroom theory with practical experience Opportunity to assess career.
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Why Have an Internship? Integrate classroom theory with practical experience Opportunity to assess career options Examine the structure/functions of companies and organizations Develop professional contacts Personal independence & professional responsibility
The Employer Perspective The importance of gaining RELEVANT EXPERIENCE Over 70% of employers surveyed expected students to have had at least one internship prior to graduation 50% of employers surveyed expected students to have two or more internships 60-65% of employers were hoping to convert their interns into full-time hires 2007/2008 Recruiting Trends Data (a survey conducted by Michigan State)
Other Considerations Rationale for academic credit: learning objectives, quality supervision Paid vs. unpaid Timing: summer or semester- long
They don’t know what they want They start the process too late (summer internship deadlines – February & March) Don’t invest enough time in their search for an internship Can’t identify their most marketable skills Struggle with simple interview questions Present a poor or inappropriate appearance Top Reasons Students Don’t Get an Internship
Communication Skills Motivation/Initiative Teamwork Leadership Academic Achievement-GPA Fit – company culture Interpersonal Skills Flexibility/Adaptability Technical Skills Honesty & Integrity Analytical/Problem Solving Skills Enthusiasm Professionalism/maturity Qualifications Employers Seek Source: National Association of Colleges & Employers
Some questions to consider when preparing for an Internship WHAT type of internship do you want? What are you hoping to learn? HOW do your personal attributes, experience, accomplishments, knowledge, and skills qualify you for an internship? Research your career field & industry WHO hires for that internship and WHAT skills, personal attributes and experiences do they seek?
Tailored resume, cover letter, and portfolio Letters of recommendation / references Business Cards (www.vistaprint.com)www.vistaprint.com Participate in a mock interview Become familiar with professional dining, business, & interview etiquette Professional email, Linked In, Facebook, and voice mail Thank-you notes Prepare for Your Search
CBE Pre-requisites Full time Accounting, Business Administration, CSIS or Economics major Completion of a minimum of 60 credits including the following courses for the respective majors: – Accounting: Lower Division Business Requirements and ACCT 321, 356. – Business Administration: Lower Division Business Requirements and MNGT 300, MKTG 310, and FINC 345. MIS majors should also have completed the CSIS courses listed below with the exception of CSIS 237. – Computer Science/Information Systems: CSIS 161, 162, 237, 247, and 333. – Economics: All courses required for major except for ECON 480. Obtain approval from Department Chair.
Credits Received for Internships 2-6 credits (pass/fail) depending on work requirements for Business Administration, CSIS and Economics 3-12 credits (pass/fail) depending on work requirements for Accounting 1 credit = approximately 45 work hours No more than three (3) credits can be used as electives in the major.
Process Find the internship Go to http://www.uwrf.edu/CBE/Internships.cfm Submit an internship application form. Provide the following supporting documents : – A detailed job description from the sponsoring organization. Include dates of employment, number of work hours per week, and total hours of internship – A cover letter noting how the internship relates to your academic program and career interests, as well as goals to be accomplished – A current DARS / Degree Progress Report Gain final approval from the Department Chair. Register for internship credits
To Successfully Complete the Internship Submit a periodic report upon completion of every 40 hours of work The Department Chair will make contact with the employer The employer will submit an evaluation of the student at the end of the internship Complete a maximum three-page, double-spaced typed report summarizing the internship experience, including how it related to academic course work and learning objectives
How Do I Find an Internship? CBE internship bulletin board CBE announcements in upper level courses & CBE emails Guidance from advisor, Department Chair, me Directly target companies that interest you
On-campus interviewing Career Fairs Career Services Hire-a-Falcon Chambers of Commerce LandIt.org Going Global Reference USA Internships.com Professional Associations Book of Lists Targeted job boards to preferred industry (http://www.uwrf.edu/ccs/jobsearch_sites.htm). Central job sites-Monster Newspapers Alumni Association Linked In Internship Search Resources
Parents Friends Past Employers Faculty You Network, Network, Network!
Determine who is in your network Make a list of “warm contacts” Contact individuals in your network Obtain 2-3 referrals from each contact Follow up on referrals & arrange a meeting Send a thank-you note Make networking a life-long activity Networking Protocol
Internship advertisements, how you learned about the position, and a copy of resume Date you submitted application / method of application Names, dates, and times of interviews Names of people with whom to network Names, dates, and times of contacts made Business cards Dates of follow-up Develop an Organizational System
After the Internship… Reflect on the experience Follow up with the CBE internship coordinator to ensure you met the requirements Show appreciation to your internship supervisor Stay connected Update your resume & portfolio