Ned Khatrichettri, internship coordinator for the College of Humanities, works with students to help them explore and identify internship opportunities. Below, he provides some answers to frequently asked questions about the importance of internships. For more information or to make an appointment with Ned, please click here.
Internships are an invaluable way to supplement your academic curriculum and explore your professional interests. This also means figuring out what you’re not interested in. There’s equal value in that realization. Research also shows that students who intern are more competitive for full-time employment opportunities.
A great place to start the internship process is by taking a look at the internship resource page on the College of Humanities’ website. Another great resource is Handshake, which is the database both employers and students use to post and look for opportunities. All College of Humanities students are encouraged to log-in and create their profile. Whether you are in the exploratory stage, have options narrowed down or want to bounce around some ideas, there’s information for everyone.
The items employers want to see on someone’s resume are concrete examples of problem solving, ability to work in a team and communication skills (writing). This article provides more information about what else employers want.
Both paid and unpaid internships are available.
It’s okay not to know what you want to do after graduation. One of the things we can do, is explore your interests and build on your experiences. It’s critical to go on your own timeline and comfort level.
You know your level of comfort, academic curriculum, time and finances better than anyone else. There is no correct answer. It is entirely up to you!
It’s a process NOT an isolated experience.