Career Services, Macon Campus

Career Services: Help with your next step

Internships

When is the best time to do an internship?

Find An InternshipMost people pursue internships after their sophomore year.  Many employers are interested in your gpa, your choice of major, your career goals, and others things you've been involved in since you started college.  Many internships are for the summer.  Others can be done during the academic year. 

When is an internship NOT an internship?

Internships are structured project-based experiences that usually are supervised by someone with professional credentials.  While filing, data entry, answering the phone and fixing coffee are sometimes duties an intern performs - they should not be the primary focus of the internship.  Know what you're getting into when you're talking to someone about an internship. 

Do interns always get paid?

Most of the time, but not always.  Some internships are unpaid, but are very valuable because of the organization you are working for or the level of responsibility you have.

Can you get credit for an internship?

Most academic departments have some type of course designated for internships you can get credit for.  Check with your academic advisor. 

What do you need to apply for an internship?

Most internships require a resume and a cover letter.  Career Services can help you create a resume that is attractive to employers and will help you stand out in a positive way.

How do you find internships?

Many internships are offered every semester or summer and usually open to all majors.   They are usually more local and can be found in BEARLink

Why should you pursue an internship?

  • To gain valuable and marketable experience
  • To clarify your work strengths and values
  • To expose you to a work environment you may or may not want to pursue after graduation
  • To increase professional contacts