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Looking For An Internship?

Internships are the most important criteria when deciding on new hires, according to a recent national survey. The length of these internships is critical and many employers would like them to be completed during a summer or preferably up to 12 months in duration. Employers use these internships as "proving grounds" and "on-the-job training" for future full-time employees. Employers at Career Fairs often are looking for interns in addition to full-time employees.

In order to make searching for an internship easier, please start with the link below: Internship Development.

Please remember that if an internship is required by your program/major, that you check with your department chair-person and/or internship coordinator. NEVER GIVE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION (SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, CREDIT CARD NUMBER, OR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER) TO ANYONE THROUGH THE INTERNET OR OVER THE PHONE.

Internship Timeline

by Amy Marie Charland and Mary Ann Lawson

It's never too early to start planning for your internship. The total process-finding an internship and applying and interviewing for it-can take several weeks or even months. Here is a general timeline to assist you with the planning process:

Research internships

(Three semesters before you want to begin your internship)

  • Talk with your academic adviser and a career services counselor to find out what internship resources are available to you on campus.
  • Write your resume and cover letter.
  • Decide what you would like from your internship. Responsibilities? Compensation? Experience?
  • Attend job fairs to find out about internship opportunities.
  • Start networking with everyone you know.
  • Define where you would like to do your internship. City? Corporation? Industry?
  • Start researching internship opportunities. Obtain general information about the company, internship programs, contact people and deadlines.

Apply for internships

(Two semesters before you intern)

  • Apply online or by whatever method the company requires.
  • Practice your interviewing skills. Schedule a mock interview with your career services office.

Interview and accept an internship

(One semester before your internship)

  • Complete an application for each company where you would like to intern.
  • Interview with employers.
  • Send a thank-you letter to each employer who gives you an opportunity to interview.
  • Accept an internship offer.

Good luck!

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Contact Info

Career Development Center
Memorial Hall 125
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Email: careers@wiu.edu
Phone: (309) 298-1838