Internships and cooperative education experiences improve your ability to get a job after graduation. You can gain relevant work experience to include on your resume, develop and utilize a variety of occupational skills, learn how to write resumes and interview, make valuable contacts with professionals in your field and explore and clarify career options. Practical experience is critical.
What’s the first step to learning more about internship opportunities?
Set an appointment with an SCC Career Counselor by calling 636-922-8241. They can explain the process, help you draft/update your resume, practice interview skills and guide you as you seek work experience.
How do I find out about internships or other career-related opportunities?
- In the Career Services Center you will find a white binder titled ”Jobs and Internships." The binder contains opportunities from area employers. You can review these postings during business hours. No appointment is necessary. You will apply directly to the company.
- Register on College Central Network, SCC’s online job and internship posting program. Go to www.collegecentral.com/stchas. Check the site often as new jobs and internships are posted daily.
- Tap into professional organizations for contacts. Professional associations are committed to helping train and socialize people in a specific profession or trade. Find the ones that apply to your career. If you need help identifying these, talk to a career counselor.
- Call companies in the community that might hire interns in your chosen career field. This proactive approach may be just what the organization is wanting in potential employees.
- Check websites of employers in the community that may hire workers with the skills you are developing in your college coursework. Apply to entry-level positions in your field of interest. Even if not directly posted as an "internship" a part-time job in your field will be just as valuable.
- Get started building your student profile on LinkedIn. Then connect with co-workers, instructors and other professionals in your field of interest. LinkedIn is the site for professional networking and you will be surprised and how many connections you can make, thus leading to internship opportunities or leads about opportunities.
- Ask faculty members or the academic department chairperson of your major or field of interest if they know of any opportunities available.
- Look at internship sites such as: www.careerplanet.com and www.internjobs.com.
- Read the following books:
- The Back Door Guide to Short-Term Job Adventures, by Michael Landes; published by Ten Speed Press, 1-800-841-2665. This book contains over 40,000 listings of unique internships, seasonal work, volunteer opportunities, overseas jobs and short-term adventure jobs. www.backdoorjobs.com
- Peterson’s Internships. Lists over 40,000 internships all across the country. Call 1-800-338-3282 to order.
- The Internship Bible, by Mark Oldman and Samer Hamadeh. Published by the Princeton Review, 1-2-2-874-8282. Lists over 100,000 internships.
TIP: Get a written job description for your internships or co-op and save it because you can use that job description to describe the internship on your resume.
Excerpts from Major in Success, by Patrick Combs.
How do I get college credit for my internship experience?
- Locate a faculty member to oversee your internship and sign the registration form.
- Register for the class in the Enrollment Services Department.
- Pay for the credit(s).
If you do not want college credit, you may apply directly to the company.