Guidelines & Internship Forms

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There is a lot to think about and consider when taking on an internship.

Decide Which Experience Will Fit Your Needs

Determine which type of internship or experience will help you make career decisions. A career counselor or internship staff member can help

  • Think about what skills you want to develop
  • Seek opportunities that will help you meet your goals
  • Start early; some employers set deadlines as early as November for spring and summer internships

Take Steps to Apply for Experience

Create or update your resume to reflect the knowledge, skills and experience that relate to your desired job or internship. Draft a cover letter to send with your resume. It should provide additional information about your interest and qualifications that is not included on your resume.

Whether you have found your own internship and want to know how to earn credit or you are starting from scratch, follow these steps to get you started or to keep you going:

  • Access your Handshake account
  • Complete “Profile” sections in your Handshake account
  • Schedule an internship appointment in the Career Center; meet with an internship staff member to:
  • Review your resume and cover letter
  • Discuss internship interests and resources
  • Prepare to meet prospective employers
  • Upload and publish a reviewed resume in Handshake
  • Meet the internship coordinator (PDF) in your academic department to confirm your eligibility (if you plan to earn credit)

Be Sure the Fit Is Right Before You Commit

  • Take time to think about an offer before you accept it. Will the internship help you reach your academic and/or career goals?
  • Let employers know you are considering other options. Give the employer a date by which you will accept or decline an offer.
  • Only accept an offer if you are sure about it.
  • Honor the commitment. Don’t overturn your decision if “something better comes along.”
  • Read more about recommended job search do's and don’ts (PDF)
  • Evaluating an Internship Opportunity (PDF)

Follow These Guidelines to Make a Good Impression

Following these guidelines will help assure that you will maximize your internship experience and serve as a positive representative of your academic program and of Towson University. Your readiness to enter your chosen field will be assessed/evaluated based on these expectations as demonstrated at your internship:

  • Act in a professional and ethical manner. For example:
  • dress in an appropriate manner
  • do not conduct personal business during work hours
  • be prompt when reporting to work and with completing assignments
  • Keep an open mind; avoid jumping to conclusions; develop informed opinions
  • Be observant; note how employees organize their ideas and respond to and ask questions
  • Be fair, considerate, honest, trustworthy and cooperative when dealing with co-workers and clients/customers
  • Assert yourself and your ideas in an appropriate and tactful manner
  • Seek feedback from your supervisor(s), accept suggestions for corrective changes in behavior and attempt to improve your performance
  • Accept constructive criticism and continuously strive to improve and to grow professionally
  • Enhance your professional effectiveness by improving skills and acquiring new knowledge

Represent the Best of Towson

Your conduct should make the employer want to host other Towson University students in the future. Be sure that you:

  • Clearly identify start/end dates and determine your work schedule with your worksite supervisor
  • Familiarize yourself with and adhere to organizational arrangements, policies, procedures and functions
  • Maintain confidentiality of work-related personnel and projects
  • Understand what constitutes a permissible work absence and whom to notify if absent
  • Report to your faculty coordinator (if earning credit) changes in work schedule, supervision or problems at your site
  • Remain drug and alcohol-free, and avoid use of controlled substances

If you feel victimized by a work-related incident, contact a staff member in the Career Center immediately.

If you plan to earn credit for your internship, meet with your department's internship coordinator (PDF) to discuss eligibility criteria, internship approval and course enrollment.

Many departments use additional Career Center forms that help students track their hours, receive feedback from worksite supervisors and evaluate their internship experience. Click the links below on the required forms and print as needed.

Use Effective Resources Before, During and After Your Internship

InternQube provides articles and videos from a variety of sources to help you develop your professional skills and approach the workplace with confidence.