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Internship Process

  • Determine your needs: Internship, summer job, co-op, credit/non-credit, paid/unpaid?
  • Consult with your academic department for eligibility requirements, prerequisites, scheduling, and ideas for potential sites.
  • Develop leadership skills by joining clubs, professional organizations, athletic teams, associations, etc.
  • Develop references--Faculty, former bosses, coaches, co-workers, etc.
  • Make an appointment with the ACPC at least one semester before you would like to intern.  Discuss potential sites and resources, resumes, application process, interviews, internship expectations, etc.
  • Develop a resume and cover letter.
  • Attend career fairs.
  • Network. Ask family members, friends of family, old or current employers, other students, and faculty about potential internships. Complete informational interviews/job shadowing.
  • Contact potential internship employers through informational interviews, the ACPC, Web sites, faculty, responding to internship postings, etc.
  • Follow-up. Call to inquire if the company has received your resume, and if you can provide additional information.
  • Interview. See our interviewing tips and visit the ACPC for tips, ideas, handouts, and to schedule a practice interview.
  • Meet with your faculty supervisor to discuss final plans and requirements for the internship. Complete the necessary paperwork/internship proposal with your advisor and site supervisor, and register for academic credit. (Usually with a drop/add form.)
  • Notify the ACPC when you have accepted an internship. If problems arise during the internship, make an appointment with the ACPC to discuss the situation.
  • Complete all projects, papers, and tasks associated with obtaining credit, and submit to your faculty supervisor.
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