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Bee Career-Ready with Internships

by Jessica Karolczak
Posted on Feb 19, 2018

Now is the time to start getting ahead for your future career while gaining a valuable experience and free college credit.

This spring, the Career Center added two courses that connect with summer internships. If applied for before an internship, EXPL 202 will count an internship as a free college credit paid for by the Career Center. Students can also apply for EXPL 201, which is the same as 202 minus the credit. To inform students about Career Center internship resources and the new courses, internship coordinator Stephanie Gronowski hosted the workshop “Searching for an Internship” in the Gottlieb Conference Room on January 31.

“The purpose of an internship is to be a learning experience so you can apply the information you are learning to work,” Gronowski said.

The workshop made gaining an internship a seven-step process:

  1. Know the Target:

Numerous resources for applying for internships or jobs can be found using the mySAU portal under the “Student Life” then “Career Center” tabs. BeeConnections is a resource found in the Career Center portal that allows students to connect with alum and see where other students have interned. This step provides students with an idea of potential internships.

  1. Prepare Materials:

For any job, employers will ask to see a resumé and cover letter. Students should start by creating a general resumé that can serve as a basis. Later, the resumé should be tailored to each application, which will be described in a later step. Do no write a cover letter until applying so it can show knowledge of the position, the desired skills for the job and the company. Gronowski also recommends starting a LinkedIn account since 90 percent of recruiters use LinkedIn to find potential employees.

  1. Searching for a Job or Internship:

According to Gronowski, employers start looking for interns about four to five months before they are needed so now is the time to apply for 2018 summer internships. Most of the time, juniors and seniors are on the market, but that is not always the case.

“We can work with you wherever you are in the process,” Gronowski said. “Students bring classroom knowledge to the workplace.”

Consider whether you want a part-time or full-time internships. Part-time internships last for about three to six months. Focus on an internship in a career you would be interested in pursuing or learning more about. Here are some useful websites to research available internships:

  • Yellowpages.com

  • Indeed.com

  • Glassdoor.com/index.htm

  • Internships.com

 

  1. Networking:

Many employers prefer to hire people by looking within the company first, picking out people with the skills needed for the job, then considering recommended people and finally viewing resumés sent in by random applicants. This shows that only sending out resumés is not the most effective way to obtain an interview. It is very important to talk with a wide variety of people either through a job shadow, friend connection or an informational interview, which allows people in the company to get to know you. The BeeConnection resource can aid in networking by allowing students to directly contact alumni working professionally in various fields.

“Networking is basically relationship building,” Gronowski said. “You never know when the connection will happen or when a connection will be beneficial.”

  1. Applying:

Craft an attractive resumé and cover letter specific to each application and position. Use the same words found in the “qualifications” or “requirements” sections of the job descriptions when describing your skills in your resumé and cover letter. Be specific and demonstrate your technical skills through your resumé. Check for errors and inaccuracies and set up a professional email and voicemail.

The Career Center portal contains resources for creating a strong resumé, and students can book resumé-building appointments in the Career Center in which staff will view and enhance resumés.

  1. Interview:

If chosen to receive an interview, the Career Center offers opportunities to practice and improve interviewing skills. The Big Interview is a resource found on the portal that allows students to answer interview questions of various difficulties. The answers will be recorded in a video that can then be reviewed and critiqued. This is a resource that is available at all times. Students can also set up mock interviews with Career Center staff.