Steps in Securing an Internship

Internships are one of the best ways to gain professional experience and to solidify your career goals while you are still in college. Most employers expect to see at least one, and in many cases two internships during the college years. Keep in mind that you should begin the process of finding an internship two semesters ahead of time. Many organizations have specific time frames in which they hire interns. Plan to begin your search early so you do not miss the opportunity.

  1. Set your Goals. Before you start looking for an internship, consider these issues.
    • Career Field
    • Pay
    • Location
    • Timeframe: Do you want to do your internship in the summer? During the school year? How many hours can you work? If during the summer, the credits are “booked” for the fall.
  2. Research the available opportunities.
    • Network, network, network. Ask everyone you know if they have any suggestions where you can secure an internship.
    • Check the Internship listings at the Center for Internships and Career Placement (College Hall, Room 209) or on the new CAREERlink System
    • Ask your Faculty Advisor if he/she knows of any possible internship opportunities.
  3. Apply for as many internship opportunities as you can.
    • Complete your resume and cover letter. Be sure there are NO typos and that both the resume and cover letter align with the position responsibilities.
    • Follow the exact application instructions that are listed on the job description.
    • Follow up on every application you complete. Call the organization one week after you apply to see if they got your application. Ask when they might make some decisions and if it is OK to follow up periodically.
  4. Interview and accept the internship.
  5. Satisfy the Regis College requirements for academic credit internships:
    Before the Internship:
    • Complete the Internship Agreement Form and submit it with your resume and a copy of the job description to the Center of Internships and Career Placement by the first day of classes for the semester.
    • The Center for Internships and Career Placement will then finalize your class registration.
    During the Internship Once the Internship is completed: Both forms must be submitted to the Center for Internships and Career Placement by the last day of classes for the semester. If the required forms are not submitted on time or are not complete, no academic credit will be given.

Contact Information

Susan Clancy Kennedy, Director
Center for Internships and Career Placement
781-768-7271

Mailing Address

Center for Internships and Career Placement
Regis College
Box 77
College Hall, Room 209
235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493

Resources

Regis College Center for Internships and Career Placement: Steps in Securing an Internship
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Steps in Securing an Internship