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What are internships, and why would I want one?
- Internships combine what you learn in the classroom with "Real Life Experience" from the work place
- Internships allow you to try out career options and gain professional experience that will be helpful in finding a full-time position upon graduation
- Internships are short-term work assignments related to your major or career of interest -- may or may not be paid
When should I start looking for an internship?
- NOW!...Many students make the mistake of not looking into internship positions until late into their academic careers. There are internships for every class level, from freshmen to doctoral
- Many employers with established and structured internship programs start as early as the fall semester to interview for summer internship positions. More informal interships may fill any time of year.
Finding an internship is very similar to finding a job and requires some planning and preparation. Being strategic about the internship search includes:
- Knowing yourself (your interests, strengths, values). Internship Predictor is a great resource to help you figure out what internship suits you best.
- Being familiar with employers and the labor market
- Knowing how to pursue and apply for positions
- Having your job search marketing materials and skills ready
Review the Internship Search Checklist
Check out the online seminar: How to Search & Secure an Internship in 4 Steps
Use our handy Career Guide for job search and career information. It will show you how to write resumes and cover letter and provides several samples.
Internship Listings and Resources:
- Beaver JobNet - more than job and internship listings; it has extensive tutorials and information on job search, including resume writing and networking.
- General internship Search Engines
- By College at OSU
- Oregon internships
- National internships
- International internships
- Health & Medicine Internships
- Career Fairs - Held in October, February and April, this is an opportunity to talk with up to 200 employers about their internship opportunities.
- Resource Library - Books are available at career services that can help you find, prepare, and land internships.
Links on Networking and Negotiating Salary:
Company Research Links:
Articles about Internships:
- Interning: Preparing for a Smooth Transition - Expert advice about how to prepare for a smooth transition to the (interning) workforce.
- Become a Super Intern - 25 superhero maneuvers that will help you soar from intern to employee faster than your boss can say "Planet Krypton."
- 12 Places to Find Internships - Obtaining the perfect internship is every college student’s dream but first you have to find the right outlets.
- 8 Ways to Make the Most of Your Internship
- Custom Fit: Tailoring Your Internship - Make sure you get what you want out of your internship. Create an experience that fits your career goals.
- I Know What You'll Do Next Summer - Summer internships are coming to an end, which means it's time to start planning for next summer. Get started with these 9 tips.
- CareerBliss Career Guide: Internships
The benefits of internships and co-ops are endless, and there are many ways to identify the opportunities. If you have any questions, please make an appointment with a professional career counselor or contact Career Services at 541-737-4085.
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