What are the steps to obtaining an Internship?
- Step 1 - Analyze Your Skills, Values, and Interests:
Also, examine your academic and career goals. Determine the location and working
environment desired. Talk to a CSC Career Counselor if you wish to further explore
these areas. Prepare a resume and cover letter and have them critiqued at the
- Step 2 - Explore Academic Credit: Check
with your department for college/department qualifications and requirements.
Determine with a faculty member if Experiential Learning: UNIV 262; 362;
or 462 is right for you. Or, you may be eligible to register for UNIV 364-Experiential
Internship- to receive elective credit through the Career Services Center.
- Step 3 - Make a List of Prospective Internship
Sites: Gather information from directories,guides, career services,
Blue Hen Careers, and academic departments. Network with friends, family,
faculty, and other contacts. Research companies to determine interest. Activate
your user name and password by attending an Blue Hen Careers Orientation so that
you can search for internships in the Career Services' database. Go to www.udel.edu/CSC/handouts.html
to locate the Internship handout which lists numerous internship resources
on the internet. Review internship directories and other listings at 401
Academy Street. Contact companies directly to develop your own internship
- Step 4 - Choose Your Target(s): Narrow your
employer list down to a manageable number. Make inquiries, prepare your resume,
continue to research, and eliminate based upon the organization's capacity to
provide the experience you want.
- Step 5 - Make Contact: Contact your prospective
employers for more information about what they do, their intern program, application
requirements, and procedures. Make the first contact by letter or phone. Apply,
interview, and participate in on-site visits.
- Step 6 - The Waiting Game: Wait for responses.
Be patient; it may take a while. Follow up and remain in reasonable contact with
the employers. Check, evaluate, and research additional employers / openings.
Continue your search. Be persistent, and don't get discouraged.
- Step 7 - Offers - Your Final Decision: Evaluate
your offers. Select the position which best fits your goals. Write an acceptance
letter to the selected organizations and send rejection letters to others.
- Step 8 - Finalize Academic and Personal Arrangements/Goals:
If you are interested, apply to your college/department for academic credit.
Otherwise, you may be eligible to register for UNIV 364-Experiential Internship,
which is taught by a staff member from the Career Services Center. Make
sure of requirements and deadlines.
- Step 9 - Begin the Internship: Good luck!
How do I make the most out of the Internship?
- Learn the organization. Take a tour and read the
literature. Learn how you fit into the big picture.
- Establish goals / learning objectives. Sit down
with your supervisor and establish mutually agreed-upon goals so you know what
is expected. Make use of a Learning Contract, available at the CSC.
- Be conscious of office politics. Learn the power
structure and who reports to whom. Maintain confidentiality and avoid gossip.
- Don't isolate yourself. Ask questions and observe
people and their job functions. Think of your current position as a stepping stone.
Notice jobs that give you additional skills and experiences toward your career
goals. Be visible by doing your job well. Remember the "Three E's - Enthusiasm,
Energy, and Excellence." These qualities will make a positive impression on your
- Deal directly with your supervisor; don't go around
him or her. Introduce new ideas gradually and avoid trying to change too much
too soon. Ask for more responsibility. This initiative will prepare you for better
positions in the future.
- NETWORK! Build bridges with the people who are doing
what you think you'd like to be doing. They may be able to help you in your current
position or lead to contacts for future job opportunities.
After the Internship
- Reflect on your goals (see step #8, Finalize Academic
and Personal Arrangements / Goals). Did you accomplish any/all of the items established?
What other items did you accomplish over and above your established goals? Did
this experience help you in your academic/career formation process?
- Write a description of the internship and your
key responsibilities and accomplishments. Use this to update your resume and be
prepared to discuss the experience during future interviews.
CSC Internship Program
The Career Services Center (CSC) can assist you
in obtaining an internship. Our career library is stocked with internship
listings and directories. We also offer workshops designed to help you write
a resume, find an internship, and locate summer and part-time jobs. Stop by
our office at 401 Academy Street for information about all the programs and
services available to you, or go to http://www.udel.edu/CSC/ to find out what's going on.
Last updated: October 6, 2004