Ever wonder if you will like the career you have been thinking about since you were 10 years old? How do you become the most qualified person for that job?
Internships are supervised, career-related work experiences that help you "learn by doing." By completing one or more internships, you can test out career interests, gain critical knowledge about a career field, build practical skills, assess your strengths and weaknesses, begin a network of professional contacts and test classroom theories in real world settings. Internships are critical to college students today. Obtaining a full-time, permanent, entry-level job without some practical experience can be very difficult.
If you have already done sufficient exploration, you should have some ideas about environments, industries, or occupations, you would like to try out. The next step is to search for a broad variety of opportunities in these areas. Start by looking through some on-line internship resources. Here you should find some great opportunities. You will also need to think beyond those opportunities in front of you and brainstorm additional locations and organizations which have not yet posted the internships they may offer. You can also find good resources and a step-by-step process on the job search page.
Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to prepare the necessary application materials well in advance of deadlines. Check out the resume, cover letter, and more resources to get started. You can always stop by the Career Center to discuss your options for having your materials reviewed as well. Once your application is submitted, you should begin to think about how to develop your interview skills.
While students are free to pursue their own internship opportunities, and they can utilize the Career Center to explore areas of interest, search a wide variety of resources, perfect application materials or practice interviewing skills. CC does offer students access to several established and highly regarded internship experiences. These include:
- Public Interest Fellowship Program: PIFP provides Colorado College students' with the opportunity to pursue meaningful work with public interest nonprofits in Colorado Springs and Denver.
- Charlie Blumenstein Water and Wildlife Conservation Internship: Fostering those whose passion lies in the areas of environmentalism and conservation, this internship provides a Colorado College student with a paid summer position at The Nature Conservancy Silver Creek Preserve in Picabo, Idaho.
- General Studies Internship Adjunct: An educational strategy that links classroom learning with the application of knowledge in an applied work setting, students may receive 1/4 unit of credit by participating in an internship for a minimum of four weeks and 40 hours of supervised work.
- Colorado College Funded Internships: Through the generosity of Colorado College alumni, parents, and other friends of the college, the Career Center and some academic departments occasionally receive funding to assist students in pursuing internships. Check with the Career Center and your academic department for information and availability.
The Career Center also offers individual appointments if you need additional support throughout your internship search process. Call to schedule an appointment.