How many of you would like to have a job offer before or right after graduation? Does anyone know how they can prepare for their job search now as a Freshman?
The Importance Of an Internship In Relation To Job Marketability
The Importance of an Internship in Relation to Job MarketabilityAmanda Walker, Recruiting Coordinator
What is an Internship?Work-integrated learning experience (also can be called… a co-op, internship, field work, practicum) Part-time or Full-time Short-term or Long-term Paid or Unpaid Intentional Learning Plan Promotes academic, personal and professional development
What can you learn from Internships?Help you learn about a career field from the inside Help you decide if this is the right career field for you Enable you to work alongside a professional in your chosen career area Give you new skills and add to your knowledge base
What can you learn from Internships? Give you confidence in your own abilities Let you apply some of the ideas youve learned in school Give you the opportunity to practice your communication and teamwork skills
Why are Internships are important? Experiential education offers a chance to learn by doing, in a setting where you are supervised by a work-place professional, and have the opportunity to achieve your own learning goals, without the responsibilities of being a permanent employee.
Benefits to the Student Personal, Academic, Professional and sometimes Financial 45% of employers offer higher salaries to incoming hires with internship/co-op experience 2006 Experiential Education Survey National Association of Colleges and Employers
Benefits to the StudentGain Industry Knowledge Accumulate evidence of your abilities Make critical professional contacts Could possibly lead to full time employment following graduation Research shows that 85 percent of companies use internships and similar experiential education programs to recruit for their full-time workforces. -monster.com
Benefits to the StudentAllow you to meet new people and practice your networking skills Make a valuable addition to your resume Enhance your application to Graduate School Open the door to a job offer or a recommendation about the next steps you should take on your career path
Benefits to the Employer provide a source of highly motivated pre- professionals provide quality candidates for temporary positions and projects allows for the freedom of professional staff to pursue more creative projects provide a flexible, cost-effective work force provides a proven, cost-effective way to recruit and evaluate potential employees
Internship Process The first step in the internship process is finding internships to apply for. Where to find internships: Internships.com EmployUM and faculty referrals The Internet / Google Searches Feeler Resumes
Internships.com The Career Center has access to an internship database, internships.com Allows students to search by field and area of interest Provides information about internships throughout the country
The Internet and Feeler Resumes Students can search the web for internships. However, they should be careful because some opportunities could be a scam. For feeler resumes, students should first get information about businesses in the location they would like to intern. Send resumes and cover letters requesting internship opportunity.
Applying to an Internship Your cover letter and resume should be specific to the internship you are applying for. In your cover letter: highlight specific qualities that match those in the job description. In your resume: Highlight work experienced relevant to that job combined with your education.
Guidelines Develop a different cover letter for each opportunity. Employers will know if it is generic so be specific to their position and company. All cover letters and resumes can be critiqued by the Career Center. Just allow 48 hours for us to complete it.
Resume Tips Do not include any high school information. Make sure you have three responsibilities for each job listed. You do not have to put periods after the responsibilities. Keep your resume to one page as an undergraduate.
Summary What is an internship? What are some ways you can find an internship? Why are internships a win-win for both students and employers? Why are internships important?