Internships

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You may have picked up on the following recurring theme in your job search; to get a job you need experience and to get experience you need a job. So how do you get experience?

The answer is simple: Pursue an internship!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an internship?
What are the benefits of completing an internship?
How do I find an internship?
What do I do when I find an internship?
How can the AU Career Center help me?
List of Internship Resources

What is an internship?

An internship is a professional development opportunity that integrates practical career related experience with postsecondary education in a structured, supervised work environment.

Highlights

  • May be paid or unpaid
  • Typically one semester in length
  • May be for class credit (consult academic or faculty advisor for approval)
  • Available year-round

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What are the benefits of completing an internship?

Degree related work experience makes you more marketable as a job candidate and allows you to gain greater understanding of your career field. Employers feel more confident when hiring candidates who have interned in their field, because they know the individual understands the positives and negatives of the position in advance.

Additional benefits include:

  • Enhancing your resume
  • Building your professional network
  • Learning more about your chosen industry or field
  • Applying academic learning to hands-on situations
  • Becoming more knowledgeable about general work functions
  • Investigating organizational culture
  • Developing transferable skills such as effective communication, time management, report writing, and customer service

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How do I find an internship?

Timeline
Begin your search three to four months in advance of your desired start date.

Internship Postings
The web can be a great starting place to find internships. While applying online does not completely replace face-to-face contact, many companies track applicants through web-based systems.

  • Tiger Recruiting Link is Auburn’s job database for connecting with employers and applying for positions.
  • Internships.com allows you to access internship postings from across the country.
  • InternMatch.com offers internship postings, primarily with non-profit and start-up companies across the country.
  • More links to websites that assist in the search for internships.

Career Expos & Events
Attend career events that put you in direct contact with many potential employers. Don’t ignore the power of face-to-face contact in getting past the recruiter’s stack of resumes and landing an interview.

Use Tiger Recruiting Link to see a list of employers attending each event and send your resume to those you are most interested in meeting. Check out the Special Events calendar to see a list of career events, dates, locations, and times.

On-Campus Recruiting
Some employers visit Auburn to interview students for internships. This is great because you don’t have to travel or miss classes to interview with the company. Use Tiger Recruiting Link to search for and apply to on-campus recruiting positions as well as set up interview times.

Networking
Talk with your major professors and academic advisors to collect a list of contacts. They may know where former students are currently employed and have their contact information. Use the Career Handbook to help you compose a Networking Letter introducing yourself to the individual and explaining your career goals. Opening the lines of communication can help lead to internship opportunities, but never openly ask the person for a job.

Employer Information Sessions
Attend employer information sessions to learn more about a company and the career opportunities available. Many employers conduct information sessions prior to career expo or their on-campus recruiting visit. A list of upcoming information sessions is available on Tiger Recruiting Link.

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What do I do when I find an internship?

Congratulations! Now that you have secured an internship experience it’s time to cover your bases at Auburn University.

Not for Academic Credit
If you are completing your internship during the summer semester and are not receiving course credit, in most cases, you do not have to consult with the university or complete any forms. We do encourage you to report your internship to Career Services through Tiger Recruiting Link

If you are completing your internship during the fall or spring semesters and receive a scholarship or financial aid, check with the scholarship provider and/or a financial aid representative to complete any necessary delay of payment forms. (For example: General university scholarships are managed by the Office of University Scholarships in the Quad Center.) Also, meet with your academic advisor to discuss how your internship will affect progress toward your degree.

To make sure your health insurance coverage remains active, check with your insurance provider and supply any necessary documents they request.

For Academic Credit
If you are receiving course credit for your internship experience, consult with your faculty advisor or academic unit to determine credit requirements. Each academic unit on campus handles credit for internships individually. Visit the Departmental Contacts link for contact information by major.

If you are receiving scholarships or financial aid, check with your scholarship provider and/or a financial aid representative to complete any necessary delay of payment forms. (For example: General university scholarships are managed by the Office of University Scholarships in the Quad Center.)

To make sure your health insurance coverage remains active, check with your insurance provider and supply any necessary documents they request.

Reporting Your Placement
The Career Center is proud of your success and wants to know about your internship placement. This information is crucial in attracting more students and employers to campus. Also, you may be able to help future students in obtaining internships or full-time jobs through your professional network and connections! Report your placement through your Tiger Recruiting Link account or by emailing skipworth@auburn.edu (Subject: Internship Placement).

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How can the Career Center help me?

The Auburn University Career Center can provide you with the skills and resources needed to conduct a successful internship search.

Appointments: Call 334-844-4744 to make an appointment with a career counselor/advisor. You will receive one-on-one coaching for your resume, cover letter, and job search strategies.
Walk-in Hours: Drop on in! No appointment is necessary during this period.
Web Resources: A variety of tips sheets and links are available on the website.
Mock Interviews: Do you have an interview coming up? Make an appointment for a mock interview to practice and improve your interview skills and confidence before the big day. Call 334-844-4744.

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Last Updated: Mar 1, 2013

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