Q1: Why should I do an internship?

A1: Internships introduce students to skills required for career success, such as the need to work both in groups and independently, as well as the need to be self-motivated. They also balance the classroom; students are individuals with unique interests and passions acquired and realized in different ways both inside and outside the classroom.

 

Q2: How long does it take to find an internship?

A2:  The length of time required to find an internship is dependent upon a few important factors, but on average, students are advised to begin their search at least three months prior to their desired starting date.  Specific factors likely to lengthen the search time include but are not limited to: (1) geographic limits placed on the search; (2) compensation requirements; (3) sector in which the student wishes to intern; and (4) recruiting time frames established by organizations.

 

Q3: How do internships help me with my coursework?

A3: Depending on the nature of the internship, students can use knowledge acquired during the experience (1) to apply the theoretical principles of their academic studies to identify a specific career interest; (2) to gain practical experience by serving as an intern in that area of career interest; (3) to be inspired to draw upon academic theory, research methodology and methods to solve real world problems; and (4) to develop analytic, civic, communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills.

 

Q4: How do internships help with my long-term career goals?

A4: Internships help students to become more comfortable with the establishment and achievement of goals over the long-term, and to understand that career planning is a step-by-step process that is achieved gradually over time.  Internships provide students with the opportunity to realize short-term results in pursuit of their long-term professional goals, which inspires and motivates them because they actually can see the results.