Finding an Internship or Career Exploration

Beginning the Process

Consider all options -- many outstanding opportunities exist in the nonprofit and small business sectors for students of all academic backgrounds. Some steps to consider taking in searching for an internship or Interim Career Exploration are to:
  • Watch the Internship Webshop Online:


  • Meet with Vince Thomas, Internship Director

    • To schedule an appointment, call 507-933-7272 or stop by the Center for Servant Leadership
  • Use the Career Development Resource Library to research opportunities and learn about different career fields


Making Contact

After you've researched the organization it's time to make the initial contact. When you call be prepared to tell them the reason for your call. For example:
"Hi, my name is Jane Smith and I am calling about a potential internship for next semester. Who can I speak with about this?"
Once you have the correct person on the phone, offer a short introduction and state the reason for your call:
"I am a junior psychology major at Gustavus Adolphus College and plan to work in a counseling environment someday. I am hoping to explore the career and gain experience through an internship."
Ask what you need to do to apply for the position:
"Where should I send my resume and cover letter?"
"Do you know the time frame for interviews?" or "When might I expect to hear back from you?"
Inform them whether or not you would like to do the internship for credit. Some organizations may require that you receive credit for your experience.
Be as flexible as you can with their dates and schedule. Since most internships are part-time it's best to try and work around your class schedule after you've been offered the position.


Sample Questions to Ask:

  • How do I apply for an Internship?
  • What skills are you looking for in an intern?
  • What kind of orientation and training will you provide?
  • Who will be my supervisor?
  • How do you see an intern fitting in with the organization?
  • What challenges and opportunities do you see associated with the internship?
  • When may I call you to check the status of my application?
  • Do you ever hire your interns for permanent positions?

Sample Questions to Answer:

  • Why do you want to do an internship?
  • What do you know about this organization?
  • What led you to your field of major study?
  • What leadership roles have you undertaken?
  • What are your future goals? What do you hope to do after graduation?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What would you want to have gained or learned by the end of this internship?
  • Do you have any questions for me?




Updated 8/15/2013 CO