College students hear a lot about internships today, with good reason. Here are some of the headlines that you might have seen:
"Employers expect to hire 7 percent more interns for 2010-11 than they hired in 2009-10"
"New graduates who took part in an internship program are more likely to have received a job offer than their peers who decided to forgo the experience"
"On average, bachelor's degree students taking part in internships in 2011 will earn an average of $16.68 an hour"
(provided by the National Association of Colleges and Employers-NACE)
These facts all sound very interesting, but what does this mean for actually finding an internship? Read on to find out the steps to internship success.
Why do I need an internship?
What do you mean, I need a 'game plan' for my internship search?
I am ready to apply, now what?
What funding support does the College offer?
How can I find somewhere to live?
Where have other Hampden-Sydney men interned at?
The facts are pretty clear, but let's think about the personal reasons for seeking an internship. Sure, it is tempting to keep working at summer jobs, make a tidy sum of money, and be able to fund your extracurricular activities for next year. You may think 'why bother, I heard that my buddy had to do terrible work for no pay.' It might surprise you to learn that according to NACE, more than half of students who held an internship in their career got paid for it.
There's also that nagging feeling of knowing you SHOULD be doing something more productive with your time, but feeling pretty lost trying to figure out what that is. Our office provides a multitude of resources to help you discover your strengths, interests, and passions. We are always happy to talk with you about what's on your mind, and you don't have to have it all figured out before you visit us.
Finally, think of it this way. Would you buy a car, a house, or an expensive electronic item without researching it, and seeing how it fits into your life? Well, life after college is similar in the sense that you have to "try before you buy", or graduate in your case.
Unplanned excursions can be fun, but that is not a good risk to take with your career prospects. The benefits of planning your approach to internships, instead of just applying to everything, are numerous. Taking the time to self-reflect, write a good resume, and build a network will result in a highly targeted internship search where you are the most informed and prepared candidate. That is the candidate that gets hired. Let's break down your game plan.
You can ask yourself several more questions, but these questions will help launch you into our next step, writing a resume.
Now that you have a strong resume in hand, and several targeted career fields, you're ready to find internships. Here are some of the key Career Education resources you can use in your internship search, and you're always welcome to visit us in person to get your questions answered. Just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (434) 223-6106.
Visit the Career Education Internship Scholarships page to learn all about this program, which offers scholarships of $300 to $3000 to H-SC men interning around the country and the world.
You've confirmed your internship, now you need a place to live! There are many options available to students - sometimes it just requires some creative thinking. Check out some of these ideas:
Going to a place with a college or university? Contact their housing office. With students gone during the summer, most schools open their dorms to interns and summer conference groups. This is a hassle-free and very affordable option. Not sure if there's a school in the area? Visit Peterson's Guide and choose 'Basics'. This allows you to search schools by state. Once at the school's website, search for housing or residence life.
Do you have friends, friends of friends, or family in the area? Why not take them up on their offer to stay at their house for a few months?
Sublease an apartment or take advantage of a short-term rental. Great opportunity to live in a cool place with no long-term commitment. Check the local newspaper, utilize Apartments.com or contact a realtor in the area for leads.
Check out these links for additional city-specific information:
Emory University, Summer Conferences/Housing
Georgia State University, Department of Housing
Georgia Tech, Housing
University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Department of Housing & Residence Life
Queens University of Charlotte, Residence Life
New York City
NYU Department of Housing
Educational Housing Services
Barnard College Summer Housing
The New School Summer Housing
92nd St. Y-de Hirsch Residence
NY Student Housing
Don't forget your MetroCard for the bus or subway! Many options to suit your needs.
OASIS (Orlando Area Student Intern Society)
University of Richmond, Office of Undergraduate Housing
Suite For You-Furnished/Unfurnished Corporate Housing
American University, Housing & Dining Programs
Catholic University, Housing and Residential Services
Georgetown University, Main Campus Summer Housing & Law Center Summer Housing
George Mason University, Summer Housing
George Washington University, Summer & Conference Housing
Howard University, Summer Conferences & Group Housing
University of Maryland, Department of Resident Life
Washington Intern Housing (WISH)
You might be surprised how far Hampden-Sydney men have traveled for an internship. They have interned in England, Germany, Kosovo, Hong Kong, Richmond, Washington D.C., New York City, Newport Beach CA, Charlotte, Nags Head, Chicago, and Boston, to name a few. For more information, see the Alumni Successes page.