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Internships are the best way to jump start your career. A good internship provides a supervised work environment where you can apply what you learned in the classroom, test drive your career aspirations, and create connections that will impact your career.
Preparing to Find an Internship
What type of internship would you like and what do you want to get out of the experience?
Take a survey to clarify what type of internship is a good fit for you: http://www.internships.com/predictor
Consult with a career counselor to narrow or expand your options. Schedule an appointment.
Think about what you’d like to gain from the experience: Skills, connections, a foot in the door at a certain company/industry, or test drive a career possibility.
Research potential Internships sites.
Get your resume ready and develop networking and interviewing skills.
Strategies for Finding an Internship
65% of internships are found through connections or by targeting specific companies. Most of us don’t have direct contacts in the company of our dreams, so here are some strategies to use:
- Building a professional network
- Informational Interviewing
- Meet with a career counselor ~ find out if they have connections or suggestions on who to contact. Call 503-838-8432 to make an appointment.
- Great article on pursuing an internship: How to get an internship
Search on Wolflink – the listings are all from employers seeing WOU students and you competition is often minimal. Check often, new listings weekly!
Other search engines and organizations:
- AnyIntern – World’s largest internship directory
- Back Door Jobs – Exciting Career Adventures: web site which supports, The Back Door Guide to Short Term Job Adventures,a guide that uncovers thousands of unique and alternative short-term jobs, internships, and unique work experiences
- Experience.com – good site, but focused on California and the East Coast
- Idealist.org – this is THE place for finding nonprofit opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally
- Inroads – The Mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry, and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.
- Indeed – search for “internship” and location
- InternMatch – a free tool for universities and students to use to apply to a variety of internship opportunities.
- Internships.com – National internship database searchable by city – a bit of a mixed bag with some great internships in between
- Link Up – one of the best out there – just enter “Internship” and location
- Media Bistro – Internships in media, focused on LA, New York and Washington DC
- Neuvoo – A job search engine that indexes jobs directly from companies’ career websites, placement agencies and job boards.
- Simply Hired – Broad offerings and locations, they aggregate job listings from all over the web including direct employer websites, staffing and placement firms, job boards, etc.
- The Student Conservation Association – 100’s of conservation and nature internships all around the country
WOU Community Internship Program (WOU CiP)
The WOU Community Internship Program (WOU CiP) connects students to 10 week paid internships on-campus during Winter and Spring terms that are meaningful for your career and life goals. WOU CiP is managed in collaboration with departments and SLCD professional staff. This means you will be provided with ongoing support and guidance in your internship from start to finish, and any time thereafter. Support includes, but is not limited to:
- Resume and Cover Letter Writing
- Interview Preparation and Practice
- Career Counseling to Facilitate:
- Personal and Professional Goal Development
- Integration of Skills and Knowledge Gained to Translate Experience into Real World Job Readiness
- Much, Much More!