1. Explore a possible career field - find out if it's something you'd like to pursue in the long-term.
2. Learn valuable work-related skills.
3. Build on your classroom learning with related workplace experience.
4. Gain an understanding of and become comfortable with the professional work environment, expectations, and social norms.
5. Work for a potential post-graduation employer (many employers hire a fair percentage of their interns into full-time jobs after graduation).
WHEN should you do an internship?
1. Freshman year (Year One) is not too early. (We don’t recommend you do an internship during the first semester of your freshman year, since you’ll be adjusting to University life and spending more time on your academics than you’ve been used to.)
2. Senior year is not too late. (Some graduating seniors seeking to gain experience in a competitive career field will even do an internship during the summer following graduation.)
3. Many internships that are offered during the summer – when they might require 20 to 40 hours of your time each week.
WHAT should you put in your Resume and Cover Letter?
The Learning Centre is available to help you with this entire process. We highly recommend you
1. Attend a Resume and Cover Letter Workshop
2. Bring your resume and cover letters in for critiques. You can do this with our advisors during our Drop-in-hours or thru appointment with the advisors.
3. Attend interview workshop.
HOW can you search for internship opportunities?
1. Meet or talk to your HOD or Academic staff about the opportunities.
2. University Life has numerous directories of companies or industries. These are accessible anytime the Career Centre is open.