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  • We at BU Center for Career Development have learned in the last 10 years that Internships are even more critical than ever before. -Especially for a liberal arts candidate. We work with students to find internships.
  • Way to explore get in to industry Learn about different industries See if it’s a fit. Position self for interview.
  • Thinking About What You Have Learned/Are Learning Meet with your supervisor to establish goals and be clear about what you both expect from the internship. Understand general office work is usually part of the job. Gradually ask for more responsibility and actively look for things to do. If there are other interns in the organization, develop relationships. The decision to leave must take several variables into account, including: Was there a contract? maintain a professional attitude and work with you supervisor. If you decide to leave your internship, do so politely and diplomatically and give the customary two week notice.
  • Search for opportunities that complement your academic program, help you explore a new direction, or challenge you to grow in new ways. Determine your priorities: Do you primarily want career-related experience? The opportunity to travel? Funds to support tuition costs? Sometimes you will have to make choices among these items. If you have thought about these questions ahead of time, you will be better prepared to make a decision.
  • You can do an internship at any point while you are at BU. After graduation. Wait for sophomore term. Internships are available during the summer months as well as during academic semesters. Summer internships might be either full-time or part-time positions. When To Start Looking For an Internship M any employers with formalized, competitive programs begin the selection process several months in advance. …start looking for summer interns between late January and late March. The key to finding an internship that’s right for you is preparation and a timely start in the process.
  • Step 1: Most freshmen don’t know what they want to do when they graduate; your personality type as well as your interests, skills, and values, you will be able to make better choices while you are at BU that will help position you to succeed Step 2: You can learn from all that you do to understand not only what industry or field you want to work in. working alone or in a team? small company or a large corporation? regular or varied schedule? in the field or in an office? Step 3: target your job search and perfect your resume, elevator speech, and interviewing skills.
  • Spring Career Expo George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue. Employers from a variety of industries attend, and they are always happy to speak with students about their organizations. We will always post the list of attending organizations on our website ahead of time.
  • Researching Industries & Companies choose opportunities that are right for you; and target your resume and cover letter more appropriately. Start to learn about an organization by going to its website. You can also use Google to see what others are saying about an organization, or whether an organization has appeared in the news recently. Once you know something about the company, be sure you understand what the internship involves.
  • Career Resource Library The Career Resource Library has a number of resources to assist you in finding an internship. There are general books on searching for an internship, as well as books listing internships in various career fields and in different geographic locations. Stop by the library any time the office is open; no appointment necessary!
  • Getting an internship

    1. 1. GETTING AN INTERNSHIP Patricia V. Acosta Career Counselor
    2. 2. National Association of Colleges and Employers 2010 Statistics <ul><li>Conversion to full-time hires </li></ul><ul><ul><li>53% of interns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>60% of co-ops </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internship Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>83% designed to recruit entry-level employees </li></ul></ul>Dedicated to the employment of the college educated.
    3. 3. Experiential Learning <ul><li>Co-ops </li></ul><ul><li>BU Internships </li></ul><ul><li>Undergraduate Research </li></ul><ul><li>Study Abroad </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Student Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Part-time Job </li></ul><ul><li>Job Shadowing </li></ul>
    4. 4. WHAT is an Internship? <ul><li>Structured, supervised work experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You will be exposed to a professional environment. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to sharpen industry knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It can be a vehicle to develop workplace competencies. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A place to transform academic knowledge into skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be sure to set goals and reflect on the experience. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internships are typically 10-40 hours per week, 60-200 hours, and can last a few weeks to a few months. </li></ul>
    5. 5. WHERE can I Do an Internship? <ul><li>businesses </li></ul><ul><li>government agencies </li></ul><ul><li>educational institutions </li></ul><ul><li>social service agencies </li></ul><ul><li>media corporations </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Anywhere! </li></ul><ul><li>NYC, DC, the WORLD, or here in Boston </li></ul>WHERE can I intern? Museum of Science Museum of Fine Art
    7. 7. WHEN can I Do an Internship? <ul><li>ANYTIME… Fall, Spring, or Summer </li></ul><ul><li>Begin preparation at least one semester before the internship </li></ul><ul><li>Some employers may require junior or senior standing or a minimum GPA </li></ul>
    8. 8. WHAT’s in it for the Employer? <ul><li>Development of supervisory skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Management training for current employees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pool of potential full-time employees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lower financial investment for hiring </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fresh perspective for projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enthusiastic and motivated workers </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. WHY should I do an Internship? <ul><li>To gain “real-world” exposure to an industry </li></ul><ul><li>To explore what you can do with your major, skills, and interests </li></ul><ul><li>Test drive your career choices and options </li></ul><ul><li>Develop professional contacts </li></ul>
    10. 10. OUTCOMES <ul><li>Learn directly from experienced professionals. </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen your resume with practical experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Get the competitive edge with potential employers. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Interns get Hired! <ul><li>According to NACE, 44.6% of 2009 hires came from internship programs .  </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Market yourself! </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect on how you will be effective in this type of position </li></ul><ul><li>Consider how you can apply the skills you already have </li></ul><ul><li>Take inventory of how the required skills and qualities relate to your skills and qualities </li></ul>HOW do I find an Internship?
    13. 13. 3-Step Process to landing the perfect job or internship <ul><li>Step 1 Self-Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Know Yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Step 2 Exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Discover Your Options </li></ul><ul><li>Step 3 Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Develop the Strategies To Get There </li></ul>
    14. 14. HOW do I land an Internship? <ul><li>Remember you are a student, this is part of your education and learning process </li></ul><ul><li>To effectively market yourself , you must be able to discuss yourself , both on paper and in person, in a positive, comfortable manner </li></ul><ul><li>You will need: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cover Letter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview Preparation </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Craft a Cover Letter <ul><li>Relate your experience to the specific job </li></ul><ul><li>Customize each cover letter for each job </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: Convince the employer you are worth consideration </li></ul>
    16. 16. Use a Resume <ul><li>Resumes include your education, experience, and accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Showcase your skills </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: Convince the employer you are worth interviewing </li></ul>
    17. 17. Prepare for an Interview <ul><li>Getting hired is a long process </li></ul><ul><li>Initial screening </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple interviews / interviewers </li></ul><ul><li>Questions to ask </li></ul><ul><li>Thank You Note </li></ul><ul><li>References and perhaps an offer </li></ul>
    18. 18. Develop your Network <ul><li>Career Advisory Network (CAN) Comprised of over 5,000 BU alumni </li></ul><ul><li>For information and networking only </li></ul><ul><li>Do not ask for a job </li></ul><ul><li>BU Alumni website (login & password required) </li></ul>
    19. 19. Tips for Success <ul><li>Frequently check BU CareerLink for opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>NETWORK to find the hidden job market </li></ul><ul><li>Attend Spring Career Expo for “face-time” with employers </li></ul><ul><li>Join a professional organization related to your field </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to your professors, your parents, your friends, their parents, alums, everyone you meet </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the things that interest you </li></ul>
    20. 20. Internship Resources <ul><li>Internship Book Suggestions </li></ul><ul><li>Internship Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Vault </li></ul><ul><li>NACE Internship Guides </li></ul><ul><li>Business Week </li></ul><ul><li>Hoovers </li></ul>
    21. 21. BU Center for Career Development (CCD) <ul><li>Location </li></ul><ul><li>19 Deerfield Street in Kenmore Square (next to the Post Office) </li></ul><ul><li>Regular Office Hours </li></ul><ul><li>September–May: </li></ul><ul><li>Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. </li></ul><ul><li>Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Hours </li></ul><ul><li>June–August: </li></ul><ul><li>Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m </li></ul>
    22. 22. BU CCD RESOURCES <ul><li>BU CareerLink </li></ul><ul><li>Counseling Appointments </li></ul><ul><li>Resume & Cover Letter Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Career/Personality Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Career Exploration Group (CEG) </li></ul><ul><li>Career Resource Library </li></ul><ul><li>On-Campus Interviewing </li></ul><ul><li>Employer Information Sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Career Advisory Network (CAN ) </li></ul>