Accepting & Maximizing Internships

 

Student working on computer with internship advisor

Congratulations, you're received an internship offer! Learn how to evaluate the offer and make sure it is worth your time.

Step One: Evaluate Offers

If you are earning credit, does it meet the requirements of your department?
Make sure it will be a successful internship
  • Does the work feel meaningful and useful?
  • Will the work challenge you to grow?
  • Will the supervisor/staff make you feel a part of the work group?
  • Is the supervisor/staff accessible to you (on site and available) and willing to guide you and answer your questions?
  • Are there opportunities to learn about the career field presented through your day-to-day activities, through informal conversations with staff, by participating in staff meetings, or observing site visits or staff training sessions?

 

Step Two: Accept or Decline an Offer

Be sure to have all the information before you accept an offer

Ask about start and end dates, work hours, compensation, dress codes, supervision, and any other expectations the employer may have

If you want to earn credit for the internship, make sure the position will be approved before accepting an offer

What if I have to turn down an offer?

If you need to turn down an offer or even ask for more time to decide, this Ultimate Guide to Dealing with Multiple Internship Offers can help

 

Step Three: Maximize your Internship

How do I maximize my internship?

Enroll in our Blackboard course to learn how to be professional and work effectively in your internship

Make a good first impression in the office

Set goals with your supervisor to make the most of your experience

Find out what the rules and policies are at your host company

Work towards acquiring Career Ready Skills (PDF)

 

Step Four: It’s Over! Now What?

Enroll in our Blackboard course to learn what to do after your internship is completed or coming to a close

Enroll in our Blackboard course coming in spring 2020.

Ask yourself these reflection questions

What were your goals and expectations from your internship before you started?

Did your internship meet or exceed your expectations? Why or why not?

Did you meet your learning goals? If so, how? If not, why not?

Were you academically prepared for your internship (industry knowledge)? If not, what knowledge did you need?

How did you apply knowledge from your coursework to your internship? How might you apply what you’ve learned from your internship to future coursework?

What skills have you learned that you can/will apply to future work settings?

What new ideas have you gained from this experience about career possibilities?

What did you learn about yourself from this experience?

What did you learn about successfully navigating the workplace?

How has this experience affected your career aspirations?

What is your next step?

Update your resume to showcase your new experience and skills

Review our Resume Samples

Use this Career Ready Skills Reflection Worksheet (PDF) to help determine which career ready skills you developed

Have your resume reviewed during Express Hours

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