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Internship Guide for Students

Internships: Taking You from College to Career

Internships allow you to explore your interests, find out what inspires you, and apply what you have learned in the classroom to real-world situations.

Benefits for Students

An internship will help you:

  • Acquire marketable skills
  • Get up-to-speed on trends in your field
  • Build your resume
  • Expand your professional network
  • Increase your advancement opportunities

What Interests You?

Before you search for an internship, it may help to brainstorm your career interests. Ask yourself:

  • What are my special talents?
  • Do I have any work-related skills?
  • What sets me apart from other students?

Getting Started

Why wait? Use the following resources to find an internship today!

How to Find an Internship

Access Your Handshake Account

Start your internship hunt at Handshake – a modern, easy-to-use platform where students and alumni can find full-time, part-time, internships, and on-campus opportunities. On Handshake, you can connect with employers, register for events, and more!

Learn About Handshake

Expand Your Search

Struggling to find an internship on Handshake? It's time to expand your search.

Build a Resume and Write a Cover Letter

The Work Experience Program office is here to help you craft your resume and cover letter. Use the following resources or set up an appointment with your college WEXP Office today!

A few final tips to help you stand out:

  • Print your cover letter and resume on the same color and type of paper
  • Have a friend proofread your cover letter and resume for suggestions and spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors
  • Be honest

Prepare for an Interview

The best way to prepare for an interview is to practice your answers to common questions out loud. Your interviewer will want to hear about your experiences and how they relate to the internship. The Work Experience Program office offers free interview coaching.

Interview Tips

  • Arrive on time.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Shake hands with your interviewer.
  • Make eye contact.
  • Be enthusiastic and curious.
  • Bring a copy of your resume and a pen and notepad to take notes.
  • Prepare a script with your answers to at least 10 common interview questions – rehearse and practice!
  • Be ready to answer industry-specific questions relating to your field.
  • Ask for business cards from all interviewers, so you can follow up with them later.

Common Interview Questions

  • How would you describe yourself?
  • Why would you like to work here?
  • What are your greatest strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Why are you the best candidate for this position?

Send a Thank You Note

Last, but not least, send a thank you note! A thank you note shows you are genuinely interested in the internship. A thank you note can take the form of a handwritten note, card, or email. Your thank you note should be two to four concise paragraphs. Consider recounting what you learned or enjoyed in the interview. A thank you note is also an opportunity to mention any relevant experiences or skills you forgot to mention during your interview. Be sincere and personal – express how much you appreciate the opportunity.

Try to send a thank you note within 24 hours of your interview. If you are interviewed by a panel, then send each panelist a thank you note.

Got an Internship? Congratulations!

Congratulations on getting an internship! Don't forget to do the following:

  • Send a thank you letter.
  • Identify the dress code.
  • Schedule the date and time of your first day at work.

When your internship starts, bring your initiative and passion to the workplace. Impress your supervisor. Going above and beyond will help you get noticed and open doors to new opportunities.

At the end of your internship, ask your supervisor if you can list them as a reference on your resume and ask for a letter of recommendation.


Internship Developer - Student Personnel Assistant: Monica Souza
Phone: (916) 558-2444

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