In today's job market, internships are almost as important as your college degree itself. This is especially true for those planning to enter business, government, ministry, journalism or the social service professions.
Look for an Internship offering substantial work.
When it comes time to seek a career job, your internship will look a lot better if it involves a specific project or program. You will want to show what you did -- and hopefully, did well.
Search for internships, part-time jobs, or full-time jobs on our bulletin boards or through Converge, our online learning system.
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If the job isn't good, ask for a new assignment.
Once on an internship, you can evaluate its value. If you discover that you are not acquiring useful experience, ask as tactfully as possible if you may transfer to another area.
Volunteer for additional assignments.
Try to get the broadest range of experience possible. If a new job develops, and you think you can handle it, ask if you may transfer. You should be ready to shoulder more responsibility and to do more work.
How close to top professionals will you work?
The best internships usually offer the chance to work closely with a leader in your field of choice - someone who will take an interest in what you do, give you real work assignments, and be around after the program to offer career advice or assistance.
Avoid short-term Internships.
Internships lasting only a few weeks, or part-time for only a few hours a week during school term, are not likely to give you the kind of experience which comes with a full-time job over a period of months.
Is long-term employment a possibility?
Many employers use internships as a screening device - hoping to identify men and women who have the skills and attitudes they want in career employees. They may offer career jobs to their best interns.
Pay is important but not the main goal.
If the internship pays a salary, great! Don't accept a poor internship just because it carries a stipend (cash payment). Consider pay as just one of the things to be evaluated when weighing alternatives.
Look for an academic credit option.
Corban offers many internships and observation courses to match up with your chosen career, giving you credits. Receiving these credits will require some additional work in the way of reports and reviews. Remember, the best time to arrange for credit is before you actually start the internship.