There are thousands of internships out there, paid and unpaid, domestic and international, in every field you can imagine. Here’s how to start your search.
1) Understand K’s resources:
- Handshake lists many paid and unpaid internships. Click on “Jobs & Internships,” then select “Internship” under Job Type to narrow your search.
- Alumni may offer special assistance or advice to K students applying for internships. They may be willing to meet with you once you are on-site as an intern, or they may simply want to ensure that you know about the unique opportunities available where they work. Whatever the level of involvement, having a successful K graduate or friend of the College in your court can increase your chances of securing and succeeding in an internship.
- Community Building Internships (available to first-gen and high-need students) spring from the College’s relationships with community partners through the Center for Civic Engagement.
2) Consider your goals and objectives:
- What type of professional talents would you like to develop or deepen?
- What academic theories would you like to test in the “real world?”
- Where geographically would you like to be this summer?
- Would you prefer to be in a larger organization (500+ employees) or a much smaller setting (25 or fewer employees)?
- Would you prefer to be in the private sector, a non-profit, or the government?
- What type of work would you like to do? Do you think you would enjoy working for an organization that advocates around a cause (such as environmental activism or human rights) or a service-based organization (such as health care or education) or technology (such as internet-based communication or a high-tech startup)? Or would you rather be in the private sector focusing on organizational management, such as strategic planning, financial analysis, or human resources?
- Will you need funding? Some internships are paid; others are not.