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Internship Process

  1. Determine your needs: Internship during the semester, summer job, credit/non-credit, paid/unpaid?
  2. Consult with your academic department for eligibility requirements, prerequisites, scheduling, timeline, and ideas for potential sites.
  3. Develop leadership skills by joining clubs, professional organizations, athletic teams, associations, etc.
  4. Develop references--Faculty, former bosses, coaches, co-workers, etc.
  5. Make an appointment with Career Services at least one semester before you would like to intern. Discuss potential sites and resources, resumes, application process, interviews, internship expectations, etc.
  6. Develop a resume and cover letter.
  7. Attend career fairs.
  8. Network. Ask family members, friends of family, old or current employers, other students, and faculty about potential internships. Complete informational interviews/job shadowing.
  9. Contact potential internship employers through informational interviews, Career Services, Web sites, faculty, responding to internship postings, etc.
  10. Follow-up. Call to inquire if the company has received your resume, and if you can provide additional information.
  11. Interview. See our interviewing tips and visit Career Services for tips, ideas, handouts, and to schedule a practice interview.
  12. Meet with your faculty supervisor to discuss final plans and requirements for the internship. Complete the necessary paperwork/internship proposal with your advisor and site supervisor, and register for academic credit. (Usually with a drop/add form.)
  13. Notify your faculty supervisor and Career Services when you have accepted an internship.
  14. If problems arise during the internship, make an appointment as soon as possible with your faculty supervisor or with Career Services to discuss the situation.
  15. Complete all projects, papers, and tasks associated with obtaining credit, and submit to your faculty supervisor.

Job Posting/Company Verification Disclaimer

Read the full disclaimer which describes the shared responsibility among Penn State Career Services (including University Park and Commonwealth Campus career offices) and internship/job seekers in researching and identifying potential concerns about the legitimacy of employers and their respective postings.


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