Students obtain their own internship with the help of resources such as Career Development and their academic department. An internship is an academically-sponsored career-related work experience that may also provide you an opportunity to earn academic credits. Requirements regarding credits and assignments are dictated by department. Internships typically last one or two academic semesters. They are an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience.
- Observe what the field is really like.
- Apply the principles and theories taught on the campus to real-life projects.
- Earn academic credit: arranged through your department.
- Expand your network.
- Gain valuable hands-on experience in a professional setting that is more in-depth than what an externship provides.
- Companies seek seasoned professionals (even for entry level positions).
- After interning, individuals are often invited to become part of the permanent staff. Companies can no longer afford to spend valuable recruiting time on unknown entities.
- Companies can test a prospective employee nearly risk-free (learn about work habits and attitudes).
- College graduates who completed internships receive, on average, higher starting salaries and more job offers than those with no internship experience (Peterson’s Internship)
- Salaries vary depending on field and specific company.
- Students can take full-time or part-time internships.
- Internships are available locally, nationally, and internationally.
- Faculty must be involved in the establishment of internship requirements.
- Time Frame: Can be offered for one or two semesters or over the summer.
- Be prepared to interview for an internship (make an appointment to go over your resume and interview strategies).
- No single criterion.
- In most cases students need to be a junior or senior.
- Important: Good grades, related experience (work, major), school activities (related to discipline), interpersonal skills, availability of time, interview skills, winning attitude
- Start early (can take several weeks or months).
- Prepare a resumé and cover letter
- Enhance interview skills.
- Identify opportunities.
- Apply for it.
- Develop a learning contract (between sponsor, you, and Temple). Bring to the interview to work out specifics with employer.