Why Do Internships Matter?
Internships help 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 when hiring their entry-level candidates. Don't be counted out before you've even begun – get at least one internship under your belt to be a competitive candidate!
You can also gain academic credit for completing an internship. Want to learn more? Check out the GS:199 Internship Adjunct. Upon successful completion of an internship, you can earn ¼ credit.
Where do I start looking?
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. 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 a "pitch" you can present that's specific about what you're looking for to help your contacts better understand how they can help.
- Make a list of organizations that interest you. Do some research online – do they have established internship programs or 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 and ask? Start a spreadsheet to keep track of your research, applications, and deadline.
- Check out our online resources page, databases, LinkedIn, and consortiums to find internship opportunities.
How do I apply?
Give yourself plenty of time to prepare your materials well in advance of deadlines. To get started with your resume, cover letters, and references, check out more information on applying. Once your application is submitted, focus on 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.