Information for Potential Interns
Internships are meant to be temporary, but they can turn into full-time jobs. You have a short time to leave a positive, lasting impression on potential full-time employers at and people who will be able to attest to your work skills and ethic to other potential employers. To view and apply for open internships, please visit our Virtual Job Fair and look for the Internship Category.
Don't take our word for it. Many professionals in this community began their career as an intern. Here is whatMagen Olive has to say:
"My goal was to obtain an internship that would help me gain experience and stand out among other candidates. I not only found that internship; I found my career." -- Magen Olive, Business Analyst with Murphy Oil USA, Inc.
So, what makes a good intern?
- Be on time for your job. Don’t arrive late because what that says is that you don’t care about this position at all.
- Be enthusiastic and come to work with a positive attitude.
- Ask for work.
- Report to your supervisor on your progress.
- Do NOT sit on Facebook all day or surf the internet.
- Be a sponge and take in as much as you can as often as you can.
- Be accountable by taking responsibility for your actions and for your work. This means having a sense of ownership and seeing projects through to the end.
- Ask questions. You are not supposed to know anything, let alone everything, which is why you're an intern, but this does give you the opportunity to gain knowledge. Asking questions says that you care.
- Treat it like a job because it is.
- Find a mentor and stay in contact with him or her even after the internship is over.
- Keep a record of your work assignments as well as work samples to build a professional portfolio.
- Ask for written recommendations before your internship is over so that you may use them in the future. Be sure to get multiple signed copies.
- Be careful of what you post on Facebook or Twitter regarding your internship or the people with whom you are working.
- Dress appropriately for both the job and for the organization.