- FINDING AN INTERnSHIP - 

WHERE DO I START?

Students are responsible for finding and successfully applying for their own internships. The first step is to think about careers that interest you. The purpose of internship is to open the door to work experience in your field, and that starts with your interests and education. What is your academic concentration? What sorts of jobs might that lead to?

Students are responsible for finding and successfully applying for their own internships. The first step is to think about careers that interest you. The purpose of an internship is to open the door to work experience in your field, and that starts with your interests and education. What is your academic concentration? What sorts of jobs might that lead to?

 

One great resource is HandShake, a jobs database offered through  ODU's Career Development Services. "HandShake" has many jobs that are added and updated regularly for both students and alumni to review. They can be categorized in any number of ways, so don't limit yourself to communication--search other databases and keywords, as well. 

Next, create a resume (you may want to start with this Student Resume template), then contact Career Development Services to arrange for a resume review. A good resume is the key to getting a job interview--the days when you asked a prospective employer for an application are in the past--now you'll use resumes, cover letters, and websites to apply for employment.

 

Take advantage of the many resources provided by Career Development Services, including videos on information on interviewing, networking, career counselling and coaching, and much more.  

 

If you have questions about how to use the service, please contact Career Development Services.

 

Keep in mind that regardless of the source of an internship, the Communication Internship Director’s approval is required in order to join the Internship course and earn academic credit. It is your responsibility to make sure the internship meets our department's criteria as satisfactory--if it doesn't, work with the employer to develop an internship that will serve them and put your education to work.