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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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    • 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. 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
    • 3. 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
    • 4.
      • 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.
    • 5. 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.
    • 6. 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).
    • 7.
      • 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
    • 8.
      • 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
    • 9.  
    • 10.  
    • 11. Questions?
    • 12. Thank you. Commencement of the 253rd Academic Year. Credit: © Eileen Barroso/Columbia University Office of Public Affairs