Finding an Internship
The Internship Team at UCS is here to help in the process of finding an internship and assisting in your self-marketing efforts in order to get hired through resume/cover letter reviews and mock interviews. Our services also include helping students get the most out of their internship experience. We work with undergraduate and graduate students through individual appointments, workshops and events. To make an appointment please call 847-491-3700.
- How to Find an Internship
- InPursuit Internship Conference, November 11, 2012
- Summer Internship Grant Program
- Getting Credit for Your Internship
- Internship Handouts & Resources
- On-Campus Job and Internship Search Advice
- How to be Successful at Your Internship
- Internship Search Survey Information
What is an Internship?
An Internship is an on-site, short-term work or volunteer experience that is either directly related to your major field of study or to your career interests. Opportunities give you the chance to be exposed to your chosen field and also allow you to apply what you have learned in the classroom to the working world.
Recommendations for finding internships are numerous, but UCS may suggest there are three main methods:
- Locating Internship Postings and Submitting Application Materials: UCS offers free access to internship and job posting sites including our own career management system, CareerCat.
- Employer Sourcing or Research: As an alternative to locating postings consider researching employers or companies you would be interested in working for as a way to find internships. UCS has purchased access to several sites including CareerSearch, Vault and Wet Feet to help in sourcing companies and organizations in your industry.
- Networking: Listed last, but possibly one of the most helpful activities to participate in for your career development, networking is often said to be the main way to find employment. UCS can help connect you to professionals in your career interests and coach you how to network and conduct informational interviews.
Criteria to Evaluate a Good Internship
Here are some specific criteria you should look for when evaluating your internship:
- There is a clear, concise and accurate job description.
- You will have an experienced supervisor who will provide you with direct feedback (meeting one-on-one weekly is ideal).
- You are given meaningful assignments, including challenging, yet achievable projects; both independent and group projects if possible.
- Networking is encouraged, and opportunities for networking such as staff meetings, events and outings will be available to you.
- You will receive a mentor. It's preferable if this is another employee, not your supervisor, but in some instances your supervisor will serve as your mentor.
- You feel welcomed and supported.