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Internships

An internship is a real world experience related to your career interests providing an opportunity to learn specific skills and knowledge. Internships are a great way to “test-drive” a career, gain professional experience, and develop your network.

Internships can be:

  • Paid or unpaid experiences
  • Done during the academic year or summer
  • For academic credit or not for credit
  • Part-time or full-time
  • Abroad - Search for internships abroad under the "program features" option.
Did you know facts Did you know Did you know 89% of spring 2016graduates indicatedtheir internships helpedthem prepare for their career.

The internship search

Find your focus

Be clear about your goals and what you would like to get out of an internship. Some questions to ask yourself:

  • What type of experience are you hoping to have?
  • Do you want to receive academic credit or funding? Many CEHD majors require an internship or field experience as part of your degree requirements for graduation. Connect with your major adviser to determine their specific requirements.
  • What skills would you like to develop?
  • What career fields or industries interest you?
  • What type of organization is a good fit? (government, for-profit, non-profit, education, large, small)
  • Learn how to research careers.

Create an effective resume, cover letter, and portfolio

Having good marketing materials (resume, cover letter, and portfolio) is essential to a successful internship

search. Begin creating your materials early!

Find internship opportunities

  • Search GoldPASS for internship postings.
  • Apply to on-campus interviews through GoldPASS
  • Attend CEHD career events & campus job fairs.
  • Create a list of organizations you would like to intern with and contact them directly. Many internship positions are not advertised.
  • Talk to people. Networking is the best way to learn about unadvertised opportunities.
  • Create your own internship with an organization that does not have a current internship program.
  • View the online job and internship search workshop.

Prepare for the interview

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The things I learned in my internship and directed study were nearly endless. I made several friends and connections, had an immense of amount of guidance, and an array of experiences that helped me grow in my field.

Sara Hansen, '17
Recreation Administration



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