Internships are of tremendous importance and value to you! Not only do internships provide practical experiences in different types of work environments, they also allow you to learn from and network with current working professionals in your desired fields. Here are some popular questions and answers on the topic of internships, why they are so important, and how completing an internship will benefit you:
What is an internship?
An internship can be defined as any practical work experience offered by an employer to a potential employee, or “intern,” that will provide experience within a certain profession or occupation. Internships come in various formats, including paid and unpaid, for credit and not for credit. Some majors require an internship or practicum, while others simply encourage them. Completing several internships is a great way to build your resume and get experience in your field.
How do I get an internship?
First, speak with your professors or department internship supervisor to find out the guidelines surrounding internships for your major before you begin your search. If you wish to do your internship for credit, it must meet department requirements. Next, be sure to reach out to the Office of Talent and Career Development to prepare your resume, cover letter, and to practice your interviewing skills! Our career counselors are available for one-on-one appointments to help you prepare for your internship search and to answer any questions you may have.
Some helpful techniques for finding an internship include:
- Using our online job board, Symplicity
- Talking to professors about organizations other EU students have interned with in your major
- Developing a list of organizations you’d like to intern with and contacting them directly (not all employers have internship programs, but if they’re interested in you, they might create a place for you!)
- Participating in the Campus Philly Virtual Internship Fair (October 2014--see our event page for details!
- Reaching out to mentors and former supervisors from previous jobs and volunteer positions
When should I begin looking for an internship?
Internships can take place during the fall or spring semester or over the summer. Some fields and internship programs are more competitive than others, so it's important to allow time to search and apply. Deadlines vary by organization, but a good rule of thumb is to start your search at least 4-5 months in advance of when you want to complete your internship.
What is the difference between an internship for credit and one that’s not?
In order to receive credit for an internship, internships must be approved by the department, and reports must be filed and/or a paper must be written during the cooperative experience. Some have a required amount of hours that must be fulfilled. The amount of credit awarded will be determined by the department. Majors that require internships are always completed for credit.
Internships not completed for credit are agreements made between an organization and a student. They are not supervised by the university, and may be more flexible in terms of hours and arrangement.
Have additional questions and want to make an appointment? Please contact us at email@example.com or stop by Walton 202 or ELC 201.
Noelle Rosenblum, M.A.
Coordinator of Internships and Career Services