Internships 101 Orientation
Click here to view the twice weekly Internships 101 Orientation sessions.
Steps to Finding an Internship – The Three “R’s”
REFLECTION: “Knowing what I want to learn, and how to make it happen”
ASK the Basic Questions:
- Do I need this internship for credit?
- Do I need this to be a paid internship?
- When do I want to do this?
- What geographic location do I want to be in?
Consider contacting the Counseling Center to take a vocational interest or personality assessment.
Ask questions of the people who know my strengths and interests.
RESEARCH: “Educating myself on the possibilities”
Take advantage of Gonzaga’s Career Services – find out what is possible, where to search.
Talk to your parents, professors, mentors – get connected to a network of opportunities.
Understand how internships differ: “For Experience or For Credit”; “Paid or Unpaid”; “International, government agencies, for-profit or non-profit organizations”
Use the Internet:
- Create a profile on ZagTrax.net
- Conduct Google searches in your field of interest
- Use Social Media sites like LinkedIn to make connections
- Survey internship sites designed just for college students
- Inquire about reciprocity services with Jesuit universities
- Look beyond the label. Consider lesser known organizations or companies. Many are a perfect fit!
READINESS: “Getting myself equipped with a plan and a tool kit”
Create a strategy, get organized, and begin early!
Give yourself time for the search and application process. Identify what you will need
Utilize existing resources; the Career Center & GAMP offers a wide menu of services:
- Workshops, trainings, events, career and internship fairs
- Appointments for individual help
- Resources, literature, networking opportunities
Update your Résumé and Cover Letter
- Make sure it is complete, tailored to the internship, and represents the best in you
Begin Networking, begin Communicating
- Register with GAMP for a mentor and begin a conversation
- Locate professionals in your field and hold an informational interview
- Write a letter or a construct a proposal
- Make a call
- Do your homework on the company
- Make an appointment in the Center for Career & Professional Development for a Mock Interview – know how to present yourself with enthusiasm and professionalism
Follow Up! Write a thank you note or make a call