1.) CREATE A PLAN:

  • Consider your timing, academic & personal goals, location, & transportation needs
  • Read about the Internships Types & Functions
  • Schedule a meeting with your IAC or Hannah to talk about your needs and goals. (If you plan to do this as a replacement for your academic year work crew hours, you MUST declare your intention with the WPO by applying for an Internship As Work position on Handshake before the hiring season closes for the upcoming semester. Students who do not fill out this position application are not eligible to have their internship count towards work hours.)
  • Bonus: Watch this video created by the National Society of Leadership & Success 

2.) SEARCH: These are some great sites to get you going!  Ideally, you should be searching internships about 6 months in advance of starting. Need help crafting the reach out email? HERE is an example to get you going!

3.) PREPARE YOUR APPLICATION:

  • Work on your resume, cover letter, interviewing skills, and/or set up an appointment with the CIAC to review any one of these. The Career Clothes Closet is also available for all of your professional dress needs!

4.) APPLY & ACCEPT/REJECT YOUR OFFER - Once you've made a decision:

  • Inform Hannah of your decision so she can connect with the partnering agency & begin the paperwork (below)

5.) COMPLETE ALL PAPERWORK & COURSE REGISTRATION:

  • Create your Learning Goals & Handshake Experience!! *This MUST be completed before your internship begins*
  • If you choose to receive academic credit, understand the Course Information & register accordingly. 
  • If you choose do to this as PEG3, fill out a PEG3 proposal form in GivePulse.
  • If you choose to do this in replacement of your WPO Contract, make sure your Work supervisor knows.

Money & Housing

SCHOLARSHIPS - These are external scholarship opportunities that may pertain to your field. 

SUMMER STIPENDSSummer stipends are prioritized for students accepting low or unpaid internships in the non-profit, governmental sector, or persuing positions connected to green entrepreneurship. Applications are due March 1st and April 1st.  

SUMMER HOUSING - Summer housing is available and free of charge to students engaging in full-time work (40 hours per week) with the college. This includes participating in a college-sponsored (stipended) internship, work on campus, or a combination of the two reaching 40 total hours. In order to be eligible for housing, the internship student must be awarded a summer internship stipend AND contact the Director of Career Engagement with their plans as soon as possible.  Students taking advantage of summer housing will be responsible for completing all paperwork requirements of the internship and stipend program and will be responsible for the cost of meals as applicable. Housing is limited and not guaranteed. It is suggested that you connect with the Director of Career Engagement as soon as possible.