What is an internship?

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. The benefits of an internship include: 

Learning new skills;
Applying your skills in the community;
Discovering new areas of interest;
Boosting your resume for graduate school or a career;
Networking;
Earning credit. (National Association of Colleges and Employers, 2011)

How do I get an internship?

Step 1: Talk with Internship Coordinator Andrea Knies, your faculty, or even your own contacts to find an internship;
Step 2: Complete the Internship Learning Objectives form with your Tutorial Sponsor and your internship provider;
Step 3: Add the internship as a Tutorial on your contract and check the internship box.

Finding an internship: This is a good method if you:

- Are searching months in advance
- Want to intern abroad
- Need housing or other amenities
- Want to work in a specific company that utilizes a formal internship program
- Want to work for a large corporation
- Work best in structured environments

Tips for finding an existing internship:
- Start months in advance
- Create a list of internship programs with organizations, deadlines, and application requirements
- Find former interns from your organizations of interest and ask their advice
- Have your resume looked at by multiple people
- Research their application requirements: resume, cover letter, writing samples, essays, letters of recommendation 
- If letters of recommendation are required, be sure to request those in advance 

Creating an internship: This is a good method if you: 

- Are exploring career options
- Are focused on a specific location
- Want to intern during the academic year
- Are proactive
- Work best in unstructured environments

Tips for creating your own internship:
- Create a list of companies where you would like to intern
- Create a list of your skills and abilities
- Develop some project ideas for your companies of interest
- Succinctly articulate what you are looking for and share when ever possible (e.g. email signature)
- Write a letter to send to prospective internship providers and have several people critique it
- Join professional organizations
- Attend networking events
- Succinctly articulate what you are looking for and share when ever you can (e.g. email signature)
- Reach out to organizations of interest with a prospecting letter

Resources:

Linkedin.com (for finding open positions and former interns)
Internships.com: Search engine for domestic internship openings.
- ReferenceUSA: Database of businesses. Great resource if you are targeting a particular geographic area or industry.
- Sarasota Chamber of Commerce: Find local internship opportunities and research local businesses.
- New College Internships and Careers Linkedin group: Exclusive group for New College students. Find current opportunities and get internship advice. You will need to create a free Linkedin account to access.
- Vault's Best Internships: 
Highest rated internships by Vault.com.
- Forbes' Best Internships
Highest rated internships by Forbes.com
- Goabroad.com: Internship opportunities abroad.
- Central College Network: Job and internship postings for New College students.
- Idealist: Search for nonprofit internships.

Questions? Contact Andrea Knies, internship coordinator, at (941) 487-4421.

Center for Engagement & Opportunity
New College of Florida
LBR 154
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243-2109

Phone: (941) 487-5002
Fax: (941) 487-5011
Email: career@ncf.edu