Frequently Asked Questions about CSB Student Internships
1. Why should I do an internship?
An internship provides relevant, real world work experience in your career field of interest. Internships are a valuable way to learn about a career and determine if it is the right choice for your skills and interests. During your internship you learn things about an industry and job function that you could never learn without the actual experience of completing the work every day. You will also be able to network-meeting people who can help you connect to other organizations, or job functions that interest you.
Having an internship on your resume demonstrates that you have work-related knowledge and skills, actual experience that increases your marketability and, if you perform well in your internship, offers you the opportunity to land a full-time job at your internship site.
2. When should I do an internship?
It's never too early to do an internship! You can start as early as the summer after your first year of college, but it's crucial for you to have a solid, well-targeted internship the summer after your junior year. Internships take place in the academic year or the summer, and can be found at private corporations, government offices and nonprofit organizations.
You should aim to have at least two internships before you graduate.
A student is welcome to complete an internship at any time. In order to receive academic credit, the student must meet criteria set forth by the academic department, for which he/she is receiving credit. For information about specific departmental requirements, please see the Department Chair or Teresa Walker, Director of Work Practice.
Please note, that whether the student receives credit or not, an internship is an important part of pre-professional preparation, and all students are encouraged to complete an internship!
3. What should I consider when looking for internships?
Before you start your search, create a list of your most important criteria for an internship. Consider the following:
•Pay: Do you need to be paid for your internship or can you take an unpaid position?
•Location: Where do you want to work? Should you live with your family or friends in order to expand your options? Can you live in a different city if you find inexpensive housing?
•Career Industry or Function: What industry and/or job function do you want to target? Are you aware of all of the possible options?
•Timing/Deadlines: While it's never too early to start looking for an internship, there are a few important issues to be aware of. For some competitive fields like accounting, investment banking or consulting, you must plan ahead to get relevant summer internships. These programs are very competitive and look for higher than average GPAs.
•Government agencies like the CIA, NSA, and the State Department require background checks that can take months. As a result, the deadline for summer internships is in the fall of the year before the internship.
•Organization: What kind of culture are you looking for? Do you want to experience working with a small, medium or large company?
4. How can I stay organized while I search and apply for internships?
Expect that finding an internship will be labor-intensive. You will need to keep applying and interviewing until you land an offer, which can mean 20 applications or more. As you begin to fill out applications and submit resumes consider using a tracking system (such as Excel) to help you keep all of your opportunities and contacts in order.
5. How does a student sign up for an internship for academic credit?
1. The student will need to be offered an internship by an organization
2. The student will need to meet the departmental requirements. For details please see: http://csb.uncw.edu/serviceLearning/internreqs.htm
3. The student needs to identify a faculty member to be their faculty supervisor in the department in which they wish to receive credit.
4. The student, faculty & internship provider will fill out an experiential education internship registration form. Form can be downloaded from: http://uncw.edu/reg/documents/Internship_form.pdf
6. If a student is eligible to receive academic credit for an internship, do they have to pay for the credit hours?
Yes, internship credit is counted as course credits towards graduation. If the internship occurs during the academic year it may be a part of the credit hours allowed each semester as a full time student. Please note that if the student will be completing an internship in the summer for credit, then they will have to pay separate summer school tuition & fees.
7. Are there any other fees associated with internships for academic credit?
Yes, students are required to purchase internship liability coverage. This $19 charge is automatically added to their tuition bill when they register for the internship.