Internship FAQ

What is an internship?

An internship is a temporary position for the student or recent graduate with an emphasis on providing intentional learning objectives tied to the student’s career goals or field of study. A majority of internships take place in the summer but many are available throughout the year. Internship programs can be found at private corporations, government offices, and nonprofit organizations. They can be paid or unpaid positions and sometimes include academic credit for the student.

When is the best time to do an internship?

Most people pursue internships after their second semester.  Many employers are interested in your gpa, your choice of major, your career goals, and others things you've been involved in since you started college.  Many internships are for the summer.  Others can be done during the academic year.

When is an internship NOT an internship?

While filing, data entry, answering the phone and fixing coffee are sometimes duties an intern performs - they should not be the primary focus of the internship.  Know what you're getting into when you're talking to someone about an internship.

Do interns always get paid?

Most of the time, but not always.  Some internships are unpaid, but are very valuable because of the organization you are working for or the level of responsibility you have.

Can you get credit for an internship?

Yes! Most academic departments have a course designated for internships that provide academic credit. You can also register for CED 190, 290, 390, or 490. During this one credit CED course, which must be taken simultaneously with your internship, you will have opportunities for mentorship, feedback, and peer counseling. Throughout the internship, you are expected to grow, learn, and change. Standards of communication and professionalism must be maintained! Check with your academic advisor to see which course is best for you.

What do you need to apply for an internship?

Most internships require a resume and a cover letter.  CCPD can help you create a resume that is attractive to employers and will help you stand out in a positive way.

How do you find internships?

Many internships are offered every semester or summer and are usually open to all majors.

  • Check Handshake
  • Meet with your career consultant at the CCPD to discuss available internship opportunities.
  • Network! Ask friends and family about opportunities
  • Attend Career Fairs
  • Contact organizations directly

Why should you pursue an internship?

  • To gain valuable and marketable experience
  • To clarify your work strengths and values
  • To expose you to a work environment you may or may not want to pursue after graduation
  • To increase professional contacts