THE INTERNSHIP SEARCH PROCESS Securing an Internship: A Career & Life Enhancing Opportunity Presented by Kecia Brown Comme...
WHAT IS AN INTERNSHIP? <ul><li>“ An experiential learning opportunity where learners gain skills - connecting theory with ...
BENEFITS OF INTERNSHIPS FOR: <ul><li>“ Cinderella” Phenomenon </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational Relevancy & Needs Analysis ...
<ul><li>QUICK TIPS: </li></ul><ul><li>Be Self-Aware:  Begin critically reflecting on your current experiences and assessin...
EIGHT STEPS TO SECURING AN INTERNSHIP <ul><li>1. Start Early ! (Minimum 1 full semester prior to internship) </li></ul><ul...
SECURING AN INTERNSHIP AND GETTING AN OFFER  Lynnette Jackson-MBA Student <ul><li>During the school year:   </li></ul><ul>...
<ul><li>Identifying your priorities  What do you want from the internship? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>•  An opportunity to lear...
<ul><li>Identify what you have to offer  a prospective employer., volunteer work, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a timel...
 
 
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  • Hackmann, Donald G.; Walker, Janice M.; Wanat, Carolyn L.. In the Journal Of Cases In Educational Leadership
  •  Attend internship interest meeting. (Held at beginning of each semester/term)  Pick up copy of internship interest and referral form. (Distributed at internship interest meetings or available in Career Center or from academic advisors.)  Complete internship interest and referral form. 2 Bring completed internship interest and referral form to meeting.  Come prepared! Know your internship needs, desires, and goals.  If academic/faculty advisor signs the referral form , student may then continue to pursue academic internship opportunities. 3.  Prepare a resume and cover letter.  Tap your resources.  Use the Careers electronic job board and other tools available in the Career Center to search for internship locations.  Research organizations.  Practice and refine interview skills. 8 Remember to write a thank-you letter to the site supervisor and other appropriate individuals at the internship location.  Submit final reports/projects and other designated assignments to the faculty advisor.
  • Securing An Internship

    1. 1. THE INTERNSHIP SEARCH PROCESS Securing an Internship: A Career & Life Enhancing Opportunity Presented by Kecia Brown Commencement of the 253rd Academic Year. Credit: © Rachel Lauren Hensel, '07CC
    2. 2. WHAT IS AN INTERNSHIP? <ul><li>“ An experiential learning opportunity where learners gain skills - connecting theory with the pragmatic.” </li></ul><ul><li>Transformative learning-Mezirow </li></ul><ul><li>A “Professional learning community” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Learn by doing” </li></ul><ul><li>Career enhancement vs. job placement </li></ul>
    3. 3. BENEFITS OF INTERNSHIPS FOR: <ul><li>“ Cinderella” Phenomenon </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational Relevancy & Needs Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Access to top tier talent </li></ul><ul><li>Socialization into Organizational Culture & Mentorship Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>The “litmus test ” of The Core </li></ul><ul><li>Clarity of career objectives </li></ul>Strengthen University/Industry Further establish CCE as “The Good Neighbor” Further develop/leverage Industry contacts STUDENTS UNIVERSITY EMPLOYERS
    4. 4. <ul><li>QUICK TIPS: </li></ul><ul><li>Be Self-Aware: Begin critically reflecting on your current experiences and assessing the types of new experiences you are interested in. </li></ul><ul><li>Be Proactive/Be Informed: Begin researching opportunities early! </li></ul><ul><li>Be Open: Every new interaction could possibly be that “chance of a lifetime;” so no bridge burning. </li></ul><ul><li>Be Prepared: Make sure all personal marketing materials are in top form. </li></ul><ul><li>Be Successful/Be Prepared for Failure: Remember this is a learning experience. Do your extreme best and be prepared for constructive feedback. </li></ul>
    5. 5. EIGHT STEPS TO SECURING AN INTERNSHIP <ul><li>1. Start Early ! (Minimum 1 full semester prior to internship) </li></ul><ul><li>2. Schedule Appointment with Academic or Faculty Internship Advisor (designated </li></ul><ul><li>by department). </li></ul><ul><li>3. Start Your Internship Search. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Meet with Academic Internship Director. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Finalize Internship Site (if not already done). </li></ul><ul><li>6. Prepare Learning Agreement . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstorm a list of personal learning goals and objectives. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review past courses and consider specific skills and theories which can be applied and observed during the internship. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>7. During Internship, Complete Learning Tasks and Assignments. </li></ul><ul><li>8. After Internship, Communicate with the Site Supervisor. </li></ul>
    6. 6. SECURING AN INTERNSHIP AND GETTING AN OFFER Lynnette Jackson-MBA Student <ul><li>During the school year: </li></ul><ul><li>Be active and involved in activities both in AND outside of school to increase your network and knowledge about your particular area of interest. </li></ul><ul><li>Start your search ASAP so you can learn from your mistakes quickly and so that you can have as many options as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Interview: </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to have multiple rounds of interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Be flexible, friendly, act like you want to learn, and ask lots of questions. #1 Research the company and its competitors in advance. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell a story and differentiate yourself from others. </li></ul><ul><li>Internship: </li></ul><ul><li>You only have 10-12 weeks to prove to your company that you are worthy of a full-time job offer. </li></ul><ul><li>Go above and beyond expectations and ask for more work. Go in early, stay late. </li></ul><ul><li>Use every opportunity to network. Be visible. </li></ul><ul><li>Figure out the politics of the organization. </li></ul><ul><li>Execute your projects </li></ul><ul><li>Before the last day of work write a letter (not an e-mail) about what you learned, how the internship could be improved, why you want to work there (whether you do or not). </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Identifying your priorities What do you want from the internship? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>• An opportunity to learn more about a particular field or industry? • Experience with a particular employer? • Work in a certain geographic region? • The chance to provide community service and/or public service? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Narrowing the scope of your search will focus your efforts as you research internship options and can assist you in breaking your search into manageable pieces. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify what you have to offer a prospective employer, volunteer work, etc. </li></ul>HOW TO CONDUCT AN INTERNSHIP/SUMMER JOB SEARCH
    8. 8. <ul><li>Identify what you have to offer a prospective employer., volunteer work, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a timeline </li></ul><ul><li>ASSEMBLING YOUR DOCUMENTS </li></ul><ul><li>Resume </li></ul><ul><li>Cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>• Other Documents Employers May Request </li></ul><ul><li>Transcripts </li></ul><ul><li>Writing samples </li></ul><ul><li>List of references </li></ul><ul><li>LEARNING ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES • Books • Networking • Employers APPLYING </li></ul><ul><li>• Figure Out To Whom To Send Your Resume And Cover Letter. • Contact the people with whom you've networked </li></ul><ul><li>• Contact the company to find out more information </li></ul><ul><li>• Fine-tune your resume and cover letter. </li></ul><ul><li>• Send out your cover letter and resume via mail, email, and/or fax to all employers </li></ul><ul><li>• Follow up </li></ul><ul><li>• Prepare in advance for your interview. </li></ul><ul><li>• Write Thank-You notes </li></ul>HOW TO CONDUCT AN INTERNSHIP/SUMMER JOB SEARCH
    9. 11. Questions?
    10. 12. Thank you. Commencement of the 253rd Academic Year. Credit: © Eileen Barroso/Columbia University Office of Public Affairs
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