InternshipS for the working student: a webinar for commuting students The Career Center Hofstra University
Introductions Suzanne Dagger Director of Career Services Liaison to the School of Education, Health and Human Services Chaundra Daniels Assistant Director of Employer Relations Liaison to the School of Business
5 frequently asked questions Question 1: What is an internship? AND Why and when should I do one? Question 2: What types of internships are there? Question 3: How do I find an internship? Question 4: How do I make the most of my internship? Question 5: How can The Career Center help me?
Question 1 What is an internship?Why & When should I do one?
An internship is… A short-term practical experience in a career field of interest
An internship is… National Association of Colleges and Employers POSITION STATEMENT ON U.S. INTERNSHIPS
The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.
You should intern to…
Explore a possible career field
Gain an understanding of the professional work environment
Get an inside view of an industry and organization/company
If you are working, does your current job meet some or all of this criteria?
You can do an internship…
Freshman Year - leave yourself a semester to adjust to college life
Sophomore and Junior Year - great time for an internship
Senior Year - better late than never, in fact, some seniors intern the summer following graduation
Fall, Spring, or Summer – depends on availability and preference
At least once during your college years, more if possible!
Question 2 What types of internships are there?
Types of internships… Internships vary from industry to industry and from one organization to another but typically they are one of the following:
Paid– That would be nice!
Unpaid – According to NACE's 2010 Student Survey the median accepted salary offer for seniors with an internship was $45,301 -- nearly 31 percent higher than the $34,601 median accepted salary offer to non-intern seniors.
Credit– Dependent upon your academic department.
Question 3 How do I find an internship?
Take these steps through the internship process…
Success story! Saudia Thomas, Accounting, May 2010 Internships: Cargill, Inc-Global Procurement and PricewaterhouseCoopers
“The Pride Recruiting Program is great! As a participant in On Campus Recruitment, I was provided with several interviews with reputable accounting and finance institutions, participation in leadership conferences, diversity conferences in the New York Metro area, networking opportunities, and it even led to my future internship next summer with PricewaterhouseCoopers!”