Internship Search

How to find the right internship for you.

Internships 101

An internship must offer meaningful exposure to a professional, college-level career field. It should relate to one's field/major of interest and typically lasts one semester.

Internships can be...
• Paid or Unpaid
• For Academic Credit or Not-for-credit
• Part-Time (approx. 12-15hrs/wk) or full-time

Why Should I Do an Internship?

According to the 2014 Internship & Co-op Survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 64.8% of interns were offered full-time positions by their employer.

Students are encouraged to participate in 2 internships during college,
 at least one by the end of their junior year.

Benefits of Having an Internship

Professional
• Explore career fields and find out what you like and don't like to do
• Gain relevant real-world experience to enhance your resume
• Observe professional people and behavior 
• Develop networking skills and gain professional contacts in your career field of interest
• Be more competitive in your full-time job search and/or graduate school applications   

Academic
• Connect classroom learning to practical applications
• Understand the relevance of your course work
• Increase your motivation to learn
• Use resources that are not available on campus

Personal
• Boost your maturity and self-confidence    
• Enjoy a greater clarity about career decisions 
• Integrate your faith and values with work

Create Your Own Internship

For some professions, there are fewer opportunities advertised on public job boards. For instance, shadowing opportunities or externships in the medical field.

1) Where to Start.

• Ask your network (i.e. friends, family, professors) who they know who works in your field of interest in the desired geographic area for your internship. Have them to connect you with that individual.

OR

• Use Book of Lists or CEI Internships to find top companies based on geographic area. 
• THEN, use LinkedIn to find alumni or other contacts at that company. Learn more.

2) Request and Conduct an Informational Interview.

What is an Informational Interview and how do I conduct one? 
• At the end of the interview, ask the individual one of the following:
    ° Would you be willing to let me shadow you for… a week, a couple months, etc.?
    ° Do you know of any internship opportunities available in this field?
    ° What would you recommend as a next step for me in seeking an internship in this field?

3) Follow Up.

• Within 24-48 hours, send a thank you note or email to the professional you interviewed and restate your interest in future opportunities.
• Connect with the professional on LinkedIn using a customized invitation.
• If they give you a professional piece of advice, apply it and update them on your progress.

4) Why This Works

People tend to want to help others they know and may be reluctant to assist complete strangers. By arranging a meeting to learn more about the individual as both a person and a professional, you are developing a relationship and they may be more willing to assist you in the future.

Center for Career and Life Planning
Rollins College
170 W. Fairbanks Bldg. – 1st Floor
1000 Holt Avenue – 2757
Winter Park, Florida  32789
T. 407.646.2195
careercenter@rollins.edu

Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Walk-in Hours
Monday - Thursday: 2 - 4 p.m.

Drop-ins in  Bush Atrium
Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Meet Ups: Warden Dining Hall
Thursdays 12:30-1:30 p.m.