How Can an Internship Help Me Attain My Goals?

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Take an opportunity to integrate a career-related experience into your undergraduate education!  An internship will allow you to explore the professional world and focus your career decision, while identifying your talents and abilities. Internships come in all different shapes and sizes, and vary in length, compensation, and work hours.  In today's job market, employers expect to see a minimum of one internship on a student's resume by graduation.

Benefits that you will gain from an internship may include:

  • Professional experience necessary to put into practice the theory and concepts you have learned in the classroom.
  • Exploration of a specific job or career area to see if it meets your goals.  You may have a picture in your mind's eye of your future career path.  Internships can clarify whether the real job matches what you have imagined.
  • Valuable contacts for future networking.  The "hidden" job market has many more opportunities than what is available on the Web or in newspapers.  Networking can help you win that critical first employment position.
  • Sampling different working environments, including the work setting, type of employer, industry, or geographic location.
  • Newly developed self-confidence and independence that you can project in both your classroom and working domains.
  • Strengthening your academic program through a better use of your general and elective credits, adding additional internship credit to your transcript, and completing more hours toward graduation.
  • Additional income through a paid internship.

You could be interning with:

  • L Brands
  • Ohio Department of Transportation
  • United Way of Franklin County
  • National Weather Service
  • Net Jets
  • CBS News (NYC)
  • U.S. Department of State
  • The Dispatch Broadcast Group
  • The American Red Cross
  • Ohio Supreme Court

Get started with your internship search:

Stop by the Career Success Office during walk-in hours to meet with a Peer Career Advisor.  Check the office’s web site for this semester’s walk-in schedule.  A Peer Career Advisor will provide advice on resume writing, help you to identify helpful resources to make your internship search easier, and provide a referral to one of the office’s Internship Advisors once you have an approved resume.
 
Also, explore Handshake, our web-based system which enables you to search for both internships and jobs.  Handshake features an average of 1500 internship postings from employers working directly with the Career Success staff.  Hundreds of additional postings can be viewed by using the GoingGlobal and Extended Search systems that are housed within Handshake. When you have an approved resume, you are able to apply directly to employers for posted opportunities.
 

Learn more about the Arts and Sciences Career Success Office and our programs, resources, and the Handshake system by visiting us in 100 Denney Hall.  See you in the fall!