In today’s labor market, having a college degree may not be enough for students to become employed in the career of their choice. Candidates are encouraged to gain additional skills to compliment their education through internships/career experience. The earlier they begin building these skills, the more opportunities will be available once they graduate.
How do students do this?
By participating in one or more of the following:
- Internship – A career-related work experience that may also provide students an opportunity to earn academic credits and income. The internship should: offer hands-on work with increasing levels of responsibility; enhance the employer’s productivity and is not job shadowing or observation alone; be professional in nature; provide a qualified mentor/supervisor; and offer work that relates to a student’s academic major (or area of study) or career field of interest.
- Community Service Scholarship Program – Volunteer 150 hours with participating non-profit agencies, earn 3 units of credit and a $1500 scholarship upon completion of hours.
- Jan & Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning – Provides students with quality volunteer experiences that cultivate a lifelong service-ethic which will stimulate and enhance the educational experience at all levels including earning credit.
What are some of the student benefits of participating?
- Developing and enhancing employability skills
- Gaining valuable academic and career-related experience
- Applying classroom learning in real-world situations
- Exploring an area of interest and validating career choice(s)
- Earning a paycheck and/or academic credit
- Acquiring a greater sense of responsibility
- Building relationships with professionals who can advise and mentor you
What are some strategies for students to locate an internship?
- Registering on-line on HireTopDogs (formerly BulldogLink) and searching under “Paid internship.”
- Contacting the Faculty Internship Coordinator in the student's department for information on internship procedures and verifying requirements for arranging class credit.
- Identifying and researching organizations where students may have an interest in applying. Checking out websites of organizations where students might like to intern/work.
- Attending Career Fairs including the “Business & Liberal Arts Job Fair" and the "Ag., Engineering & Science Job Fair" held each Fall and the "Career & Internship Expo” held each Spring.
- Looking on HireTopDogs (formerly BulldogLink) to access employers who are interviewing on campus for internships through the On-Campus Interviewing Program.
- Taking full advantage of workshops offered by Career Development Center on interviewing and resume writing. A professional presentation will increase students' chances of being invited for an interview.
- Networking by speaking with every resource available to you including family, friends, alumni, professors and members of professional organizations.
- Joining a Fresno State student club or organization which will help provide excellent opportunities to develop leadership skills, network with professional guest speakers and provide community service.
There are also a number of Internship Sites on the Internet. Some include:
1. A Guide to Internships
2. Environmental Careers Organization Paid Internships
4. Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities National Internship Program
5. Institute for Experiential Learning in Washington, DC
7. The Internsource: Internships for California College Students
10. Live, Learn and Intern in Washington, DC
11. Rising Star Internship Database
12. Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates to Federal Careers
13. The Washington, DC Center for Internships and Academic Seminars