Get Experience to Get Ahead
Many employers consider internship experience in the hiring process, and often look to their own interns as the best potential candidates for full-time positions. Internships allow you to apply what you are learning in the classroom to a work environment, build your career network and show a potential employer your abilities and skills. It also gives you an inside look of a company, an industry, or a particular profession and can help you discover if the career you are considering is right (or wrong) for you.
As an undergrad student Oprah Winfrey interned at WVTF-TV and was later hired to co-anchor the news.
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Other Ways to Get Experience
In addition to internships, there are other great ways for you to learn more about potential careers and to develop the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to be successful.
- Part-time jobs
Part-time jobs are a great way to demonstrate your work ethic and gain exposure to a workplace environment while earning money. Check Seawolf Job-Link for opportunities on and off campus.
- Community Service and Extracurricular Activities
Employers and graduate schools expect you to demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills outside the classroom. The best way to develop and strengthen those skills is by getting involved in many of the activities available through the office of Joining Us Making Progress (JUMP) and Center for Student Leadership, Involvement & Service (CSLIS).
Search Internship Databases
INTERNMATCH offers a free internship search, blog, and library of internship and job-search resources. InternMatch has "developed a powerful support structure for connecting students with socially responsible positions."
HIGHER EDUCATION RECRUITMENT CONSORTIUM (HERC) "offers the largest database of higher education and related jobs in the world."
IDEALIST is a career search site that provides job, internship, & volunteer matching with interests and locations. Idealist connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.
NONPROFIT JOBS is website where not-for-profit employers and management personnel can meet one another. Search jobs by location, primary skills and job types to find the most ideal job.
Academic Requirements for Internships
Because every department has its own requirements for internships, it is important that you contact your academic department. Your department will provide you with information about prerequisites needed, G.P.A. requirements, etc.