Why Internships Matter
Internships help you bridge the gap from being a student to landing a full-time job after you graduate. You gain practical experience to supplement your education and help you figure out what kinds of work you might like to do. And increasingly, employers are looking to their internship pools first when hiring their full-time, entry-level candidates. Don't be counted out before you've even begun – get at least one internship under your belt so that you can be a competitive candidate!
Where to Look
If you've done some exploring already, you'll have ideas about industries and occupations you want to try out. Below are some ideas for how to start your search for those internship opportunities. Also check out more information on how to land an internship early (spoiler alert: networking is huge).
- Use your network and reach out to people to make connections. You can talk to friends, family, faculty, and alumni to start. It helps to have an "elevator pitch" you can present that's specific about what you're looking for, as this will help your contacts better understand how they might be able to help you – more on writing your pitch.
- Make a list of organizations that you might want to intern at. Look them up online – do they have established internship programs or any openings? What are the deadlines? Do any CC alumni work there that you could contact? If they do not have any current internship postings, are you willing to reach out to the organization and ask? Think about starting a spreadsheet to keep track of application and deadline information for each organization.
- Check out online resources such as internship boards, databases, LinkedIn, and consortiums to find internship opportunities.
- Get even more tips on our job search page.
You are free to pursue your own internship opportunities, and you can use the Career Center for help with any and all steps along the way. If you're looking established programs connected to CC, the college offers several highly regarded internship experiences:
- 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 one CC 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.
For additional resources on campus that coordinate summer experiences, check out Summer in January.
Preparing Your Applications
Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to prepare the necessary application materials well in advance of deadlines (this is where that deadlines spreadsheet will come in handy). To get started with your resume, cover letters, and references, check out more information on applying. Once your application is submitted, you should begin to think about how to develop your interview skills.
The Career Center offers individual appointments if you need additional support throughout your internship search process. Call us at 719.389.6893 or email us to schedule your appointment.