There are many benefits to doing an internship which include, but are not limited to:
Exploring career fields and employers
Applying classroom knowledge and developing skills
Learning more about yourself
Gaining relevant work experience
Developing your networking system
Will Career Development place me in an internship?
Though Career Development is here to help you along the way, the responsibility for obtaining an internship lies with the student. Finding an internship is a great opportunity for students to write resumes and cover letters, to practice interview skills and to polish their communication skills. It is also an opportunity to acquire skills needed for future job searches. Career Development can help you with the registration process, help you identify ideas for internships that match your career interests, help you explore your options and provide resources for searching for internships. If you need assistance, please come see us or watch our How to Find an Internship webshop.
When should I begin my internship search?
It is never too early to consider an internship. Allow time to be able to research opportunities that may interest you to find the best internship for you. Give yourself time to find internships, to update your resume and to apply for them.
Will I be paid as an intern?
Internships can be paid or unpaid. The employer determines what, if any, compensation an intern would receive. Many organizations, particularly non-profit organizations, do not have the funding to pay interns. Academic credit at Gustavus can be earned regardless of whether the internship is paid or unpaid. Though it is great if you can get paid, be looking for opportunities that can build your resume and skills.
Can I get academic credit now for an internship I did before?
No. The internship experience includes assignments from Career Development and/or your faculty sponsor, a visit from your site supervisor or the internship coordinator, and a site evaluation from your supervisor. Part of the internship assignments involves reflection of the experience for yourself, but it is also a means to be able to articulate your experiences to employers down the road. If a student feels that they have extenuating circumstances in which they feel as though they should be able to retroactively gain academic credit for a previous experience, they would need to try to petition to gain the credit.
Who are the Faculty Advisors for J-term?
See a list of Faculty Advisors for the 2014 J-Term here.
What are the registration deadlines for registering for an internship?