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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.

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