Internships provide a competitive advantage over other candidates when you are looking for a job. There is no better opportunity for you to gain real world experience in the field you are interested in than to do an internship for a company in a field that interests you. You will spend a period of time, usually a summer, working side-by-side with the employees of the company experiencing what they experience, meeting the deadlines they face and interacting with their customers; all of which gives you experience your formal education cannot. Almost all fields and vocations have some type of internship for students but these positions are very competitive so you have to work very hard to obtain one of these coveted positions.
A lot of the online sites such as monster, career builder, Indeed, and others have internship listings along with job postings. In many cases the faculty members in your academic area are made aware of internship opportunities in your discipline so don't hesitate to ask and see if they can provide you with internship leads.
The college has acquired access to a service that can be very useful for finding internships (and jobs as well). This program is called College Central and it features listing for internships and jobs from throughout the country. You will need to create your own profile for using College Central but it is relative easy to navigate. If you questions about using College Central, contact the career resources center in the library for assistance.
There are a number of locations and organizations who offer internships in the United States and abroad. The follow are a few links to internship opportunities. We would love to hear about any additional links you discover. Please send an email with those links to email@example.com.
|National Internship Directory||http://www.internsearch.com/|
|United Nations Headquarters New York Internship Programme||http://www.un.org/depts/OHRM/sds/internsh/index.htm|
|Student Conservation Association||http://www.thesca.org/serve/internships|
|The White House Internship Program||http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships|
|Kennedy Center Arts Management Internships||http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/artsmanagement/internships/|
|Internships in Biology||http://www.columbia.edu/cu/biology/ug/intern.html|
|Smithsonian Internship Program||http://www.smithsonianofi.com/|
|National Endowment for the Humanities Internships||http://www.neh.gov/whoweare/NEH_Internships.html|
|AIESEC International Internships||http://www.aiesec.org|