Experience can be a tricky thing. When you're first dipping your toes in the career pool, every opportunity seems to require it—but very few actually have it. That's why an internship can be one of the best ways to get a jump on gaining the experience that will help your resume rise to the top.
Experience the benefits of an internship
What is an internship?
Internships are formal opportunities to work with an employer in a field that interests you. It's a time to grow your network and gain meaningful experience, while getting a glimpse of what life would be like in a particular career, so you can make informed choices that lead to long-term career fulfillment.
But, when is the right time to take on an internship? Use this handy chart to help determine when you're ready.
|If you think:||Try this:||Commitment:|
|"I have no clue if I like this field, but I'm interested."||Job shadow, Informational interview||Low|
|"I think I like this field, but I haven't tried it yet."||Community volunteer, Student organization, Part-time job, Faculty research||Medium|
|"I have some exposure, but I need more to make sure it's a good fit."||Internship||High|
Help your internship work harder for you
While each internship compensates differently, every student of the College has options to add value to your internship experience:
How to find an internship
You're not just looking for any experience—you're looking for meaningful experience. The Walter Center team knows what to look for and what questions to ask to help you find the perfect fit:
Visit the Career Studio
Learn more about the latest and greatest internships and how to apply for them.
Find internships on Handshake
Search internships and access all the Walter Center has to offer on Handshake.
Meet with a career coach
Get help finding the internship that makes the most sense for you.