Internships for Working Students - CommutersPresentation Transcript
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
Build on your knowledge and skills
Increase confidence in your own abilities
Make professional connections and enhance your network
Add to your resume and references
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…
Find a Focus
Search For Internship Opportunities
Prepare Resume & Cover Letter
Interview and Choose
Find a focus Career Field – Which industry or career field do you want to target?
Choose by major (ex: marketing, finance, accounting)
Choose by field (ex: sports, entertainment, green)
Choose by employer (ex: KPMG, Disney, Enterprise)
Search for opportunities ONLINE RESOURCES:
The Pride Career Management System (PrideCMS) – view hundreds of postings
Internships.com - Thousands of current internship listings
Vault – Career Guides, Company Profiles, Postings, more
The Career Center Website – Suggested Websites
Search and apply directly with employers on their websites
Foundation Guide to Grants - funding
The Career Center - Facebook, Twitter, Weekly/Monthly Emails and Newsletters
Search for opportunities PROGRAMS AND NETWORKING EVENTS:
The Career Center Job & Internship Fairs
Employer & Alumni Events
Ask your academic department, faculty, advisors
Use your personal and/or professional network – Create a profile on LinkedIn
Prepare your resume &cover letter
View a Resume Webshop or use the Career Planning Handbook to draft a resume
Have your resume and cover letter critiqued during Quick Question Hours
Monday – Thursday 2-4 PM
Friday – 11 AM – 1 PM
Interview and choose
Interview – Practice and Prepare
Attend an Interview To Impress Workshop
Participate in Employer Mock Interviews
View Webshops on Career Center Blackboard class
Counselor Mock Interviews
Choose – A good internship will allow you to be challenged, to learn about the career, to pick up new skills, and mutually beneficial
Ask questions at the interview
Consult a career counselor
Question 4 How do I make the most of my internship?
Make the most of your internship
Professionalism – proper attire, be punctual, meet deadlines
Attitude – positive, enthusiastic
Initiative – be proactive
Active Learner – be inquisitive, observe, keep up with industry trends and news
Network – introduce yourself, be friendly, eat lunch with others
Flexibility – keep an open mind, give yourself time to adjust
Reflect – check in with supervisor periodically, keep journal of experiences
On your last day:
Thank your supervisor and co-workers
Ask for business cards
Follow up immediately with an email or paper thank you letter
Stay in touch afterwards to maintain networking connections
Think about what you have learned
List 3 new skills and examples of how you used them
Is this a career option to consider? Why? Why not?
Did you accomplish your goals? If yes, how? If no, why not?
Take next steps
Update your resume
If you enjoyed the internship, build on the experience with another internship or opportunity
If you did not like the internship, meet with a career counselor to discuss alternative options
Question 5 How can the career center help me?
The Career Center can Help with…
Resume/Cover Letter Assistance
If you cannot do an internship but are working, The Career Center can help you develop your resume!
Career Fairs & Employer Information Sessions
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!”