FAQ’s for Students
Most internship lasts a semester although the duration can fluctuate based on the time of the year and the need of the employer. The student usually only gets credit for one semester. However, if the employer is happy with the intern and the student is happy with the employer, the student could remain in the position as negotiated by both parties. Either way, he student has gained valuable experience that is directly related to their field of study.
The key of an internship is to give students real world experience in their chosen field of study. It is accompanied by an academic contract so that both the student and the employer will be visited by the faculty member to confirm the learning that will occur through the work that the student is assigned. In short, any type of work experience is great for COS students. However, an internship will connect a student to their chosen field of interest and will help him/her make connections that they may not otherwise make.
Employers are looking for a variety of skills within their employees and interns. Skills may come from team sports, education, and/or hobbies. Some skills that employers are looking for include good communication skills (both verbal and written), punctuality, and the ability to follow directions.
Some academic departments require their students to participate in an internship. If your department does not require an internship, you should still consider one. Here are just a few ways an internship can help you:
- Explore career options related to your interest, values, skills, and personality
- Gain professional skills and self-confidence
- Gather insight into a particular industry or organizational culture
- Develop related work experience and apply classroom learning
- Establish connections and build a network of contacts
Employers determine their ability and resources to pay interns. If the position is paid, it will be noted near the position description. Please seek out internships that will assist in your career path. Internships are not part-time jobs but rather learning experiences. If you think of an internship as an applied experience and not as a job, the pay will become less of an issue.