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The Scoop on Internships: From Hype to How-To's
Transcript of The Scoop on Internships: From Hype to How-To's
can find internships
can support students
supports students & employers
Briana Randall, Associate Director
Emma O'Neill-Myers, Assistant Director
The Career Center
Hart Research Associates found that
of their employer contacts felt that an
internship or community-based field project
would help prepare students
(a lot or a fair amount)
to succeed in the workplace.
How many of you have had a student ask you for internship advice or resources?
In addition to referring students to the resources already discussed, you can....
National Association of Colleges & Employers heard from 208 employers:
We asked our employer contacts:
"When reviewing applicants for a full-time job, how important is it to you that those candidates have done at least 1 internship? "
191 internships currently posted
On-Campus Interviews -
33+ internship offers were made in fall 2013
on Feb 12 -
87 employers registered
Spring Career Fair
on April 17
(and other fairs throughout the year)
UW Departmental Websites & Email Lists
Carlson Center Blog
General job boards, intern sites, employer sites
Students should find an organization that
them - because they like the mission, product, or service
Then they should think about what they could (1)
Next, they write a "proposal" (very similar to a cover letter) - which includes
they are interested in the organization, what they could
, what types of
they could work on, & how they are
to work on those things
Send proposal & resume (email or mail), preferably to the
specific dept of interest
If no response, try again in 1-2 weeks!
So, does student interest in internships match employers' interest in internships?
Helping Students 1:1
about what they want to gain: knowledge, skills, contacts, etc.
: lots of different internships might lead to the long-term goal
walk them through
how to search sites
Remind them it takes
to get good work
: behavior, comm., & attire
Discuss getting credit: for the
that takes place in an internship
Stuff You Could Create
Stuff to Think Twice About
"The job I have begun as a paid internship that I found out about from my departmental majors listserve."
(2012 UW Graduate)
Hosting your own
Starting your own online
Having a listserve or webpage that
other ways to find internships
that don't align with ours
Sending names of your "
best & brightest
" students directly to employers who ask
Ideas About Unpaid Internships
We "expect" & "encourage"
employers to pay interns because of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
But we don't force them to do so, because the FLSA's 6 factors are difficult to verify
Academic credit does not count as wages
We encourage students to use their best judgment - sometimes students benefit tremendously from unpaid internships
Students - part 2
Looking for an internship is often a student's first attempt at finding work.
So, they are often quite clueless and surprisingly
un-creative in their approaches.
Here are some strategies we recommend.
Helping students find internships can be a bit of work for advisers but it's worth it.
National survey of 2012 graduates showed:
of those who did at least 1 paid internship received at least 1 job offer
36% of those with no internship experience received an offer
Possible web content:
Internship distribution listserve:
- Discussion of importance
- Where alumni interned
- Ideas for types of internships
- Search tips
- Actual internship listings
- Referrals to Career Center
- Instructions for getting credit
- Tips for alumni/employers who want to host an intern
First Destination Survey of 2012-2013 UW Graduates showed:
922 undergraduate alums were in new jobs
got their job by interning
/volunteering/working there previously -
105 undergrad alums were still looking for work
What does the Career Center say about internships?
In addition to the events, handouts, and other resources discussed, the Career Center has:
a student-facing internship page
an employer-facing internship page
a few opinions about internships :-)
But, do employers care enough about internship completion to let it impact their hiring decisions?