Employers want candidates to have tangible work experience on their resume. You will most likely be asked in an interview, "Why should I hire you?" The best way to answer that question is to tell them about your internship experiences and how you will bring that to the organization.
Why should I get an internship?
It will help you:
- Explore Career Paths
- Develop and Refine Skills
- Expand Your Professional Network
- Find Mentors and References
- Enhance Your Resume
- Apply Coursework Knowledge to Real-Life Situations
When is the best time to intern?
Do an internship any time you can get one. Be sure to factor in academic load, specific career goals, industries that interest you and whether you can financially accept both paid and unpaid opportunities. Most companies offer internships year-round while some only offer summer sessions. Do you research and plan accordingly!
How can I find an internship?
There are a variety of tools and strategies to help you land the right opportunity. There is no right number of internships to apply to. Cast the net far and wide and apply to multiple internships that interest you.
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Explore thousands of job and internship opportunities from employers looking to hire DePaul students and alumni.
These online boards can be helpful especially if you are looking to land an internship in a specific industry or career field.
Find a Job Board
The mission of these organizations is to further the advancement of a particular profession and its workers.
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Indeed is a free service allowing you to upload a resume, create job alert emails, search open positions and apply directly.
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Find job and internship opportunities tailored to fit the skills and experience included in your LinkedIn profile.
Connect with professionals who can share knowledge and opportunities to further your career.
Earning Academic Credit
The University Internship Program has practical, 4-credit courses that will help you make the most of your internship and fulfill DePaul's experiential learning requirement.