The Process

Have you visited your institution's college and career center? Ask them for information about internships and links to possible opportunities. You should also speak with your department chairperson or academic advisor.

This section provides you with links to articles about internships and how to go about getting an internship. You can Some of the articles were gleaned from our member institutions' online college and career centers. You can peruse additional member institution career centers at

Make sure you participate in an internship or fellowship experience, particularly if you are planning to pursue graduate/professional school!

Internship Timeline
Thinking About Internships
Applying for Internships
Succeeding in an Internship


Internship Timeline
It's never too early to start planning for your internship. The total process—finding an internship and applying and interviewing for it—can take several weeks or even months. Here is a general timeline to assist you with the planning process.

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Step-By-Step Guide to Applying for Internships
Begin thinking about internships four to six months ahead of time.

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Why Have an Internship?
Internships are invaluable. Internship experiences can expose you to a wealth of new ideas, techniques, and applications that will greatly enhance your knowledge of computational science and other disciplines, thereby making your classroom education more meaningful.

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What Is an Internship?
An internship is an opportunity provided by an employer (also known as a sponsor) to a student (also known as an intern) for the purpose of learning more about a particular field and gaining real world work experience. In return, the employer benefits by having a bright, creative, enthusiastic intern make a meaningful contribution to the sponsoring organization.

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General Questions About Internships
Starting the process of finding an internship can be difficult and confusing. Maybe you have some questions about internships and other programs in general. We've put together a list of common questions we thought you might have.

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What Can I Get Out Of It?
There are many benefits to doing an internship.

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Guide to Internships
An internship is a way to put your liberal arts skills into action. Internships provide students with a supervised short-term experience in a career field of interest. Internships are usually more substantial than part-time or summer jobs, and focus on the learning that takes place as a result of the work you’re doing. Some internships are paid, but many are not. Internships can be full-time or part-time. They may be very structured and require specific qualifications or they may be unstructured and allow you to develop your own project.

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Why an Internship?
An internship is an opportunity to gain work experience in a field/area of interest. Try something, anything - you might like it! Or you will learn you do not like it enough to pursue upon graduation. There is no long-term commitment; an internship is generally short-term and a win-win situation for everyone involved.

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About Internships
Before you apply, develop a goal statement for your search.

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Internships, Co-ops, Practicums, and Externships: What's the Difference?
Student work and observation experiences go by a number of different names, including internships, co-ops, practicums, and externships. Sometimes it's hard to tell what an experience should be called—definitions can vary among schools and employers. Following are some general definitions.

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Internship Program
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2003 for the Class of 2003 survey, employers said that of their hires from the class of 2003, they converted 32% of their interns to full-time employees. Employers also report that approximately 54% of their new hires in 2003 had internship experience.

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Experience Can be the Key to Your Success
A lot of employers add these words to their advertisements—and they're looking for experience when they scan resumes. Your solution to meeting this requirement is to participate in a hands-on learning experience—an internship, clinical rotation, or cooperative education placement while you're still in college.

If you start early enough in your college career, you can take several of these positions and at the end of these experiences, you'll have a better understanding of what people in your field do. You'll have started to learn first-hand the culture of your profession, including communication and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in your field. And, you may find an employer you want to work for-and have a full-time job offer in hand at graduation.

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Look for a Job or Internship
A few helpful hints for looking for an internship.

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How to Find a GREAT Internship
The following are some tips on a process to ensure you get the most out of your experience. Your internship advisor is available to assist you through any or all steps of the process, although we would certainly encourage you to begin with us!

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Top Five Strategies for Landing Your Dream Internship
All right students, you know the drill. Landing an internship can be one of the most important things you do before graduation. The experience can help you explore a career field and, in many cases, position you for a full-time job offer with your interning employer. With these potential benefits, you'll want to be sure you are the candidate at the top of the list for your dream internship!

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Applying For Internships
Don't know how to apply for an internship? The process is similar to applying for a job.

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Summer Learning Experiences
A “How To” Guide on Finding and Obtaining a Summer Learning Experience

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How to Obtain an Internship...
There are many ways to search for internships. Listed below are seven suggestions, however, stop by the Center for Career Development for more strategies on finding an internship!

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Student Guide to Internships
In addition to the many other internship resources available through the CDO, we publish Making Connections: A Student Guide to Internships to give you a student's-eye view of how to find an internship, how to prepare for it, what to expect when you get there, and how to make the most of it.

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How to Find Your Ideal Internship

Congratulations! By reading this article you are taking the necessary steps for achieving greater career and job-search success upon graduation from college. Internships are invaluable learning experiences for college students -- and almost a necessity for any college graduate. Employers are demanding that college grads have "real world" experience, and internships are one of the best ways for college students to get that experience.

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How to Find an Internship

An internship is a pre-professional work experience that provides students, recent graduates, and those seeking to change careers with the opportunity to gain experience in a particular career field. For students, internships also supplement academic classes and, in some cases, earn college credit. For recent graduates and individuals considering a career change an internship is a way to try a new job without making a permanent commitment. An internship is a way to test the waters in a variety of career fields, to gain "real-life" experience, and a way to decide on - or opt out - of a certain vocation.

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Locating and Applying for Internships
There are many reasons for doing an internship. An internship will allow you to test your career objectives, help you identify your talents and direct you toward an appropriate career, and help you to acquire those essential practical and professional skills you need in the business world. But finding an internship that will do all that for you takes some thought and preparation. Before setting out to find an internship, ask yourself these questions:

•  Where do I want to do an internship? My hometown? Out-of-state?

•  What type of work would I like to do? In what field?

•  What type of organization would I like to do an internship for?

•  What do I want to gain from an internship? What specific skills or experiences do I want to acquire?

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Top 10 Reasons to Hire Me for the Internship
It is difficult to conduct an effective search for an internship if you don't know what you want to do and why you are qualified to do it.

Before starting a search, you must have a good idea of what interests you, and you must be able to convince an employer of your merit. Knowing your "top 10" favorite qualities and skills can make the task much less difficult

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Finding an Internship
Internships are an important component of your Thayer School experience. As you develop your skills and knowledge through academic work, it is critical to begin to apply them in real work settings. This kind of experiential learning that you can get through an internship accomplishes two things. First, it demonstrates to employers that you are able to successfully operate in and contribute to an organization or business. Second, it allows you to test your career interests and goals, helping you to explore and determine if a career field or industry is the right fit for you.

Your internship search will likely parallel many of the strategies you will follow in your full-time job search. Many of the suggestions, techniques, and resources outlined here can also be applied in your search for a post-graduation, full-time position.

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Making the Most of Your Internship
Rarely, students experience problems in an internship. If you experience problems, you should try to first negotiate with your employer directly. If this does not work, you should notify the Internship Coordinator. If you are unhappy and have tried to work things out, but nothing has worked, you may resign, but do so professionally (give them advanced notice, and behave respectfully).

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