An internship is an on-the-job training work experience that allows students to test out future career possibilities, and participate in pre-professional work that may be related to their career interests. Some interns find permanent, paid employment with the companies in which they interned.
Internships may be paid, unpaid, partially paid (in the form of a stipend), part-time/full-time, for school credit, virtual or micro/mini. Typically they are part-time during the university year and full-time in the summer. They usually last 6 - 12 weeks, but can be shorter or longer, depending on the company involved. The act of job shadowing may also constitute interning.
As an intern, you get a chance to work side by side with accomplished industry professionals and get a pretty good idea of what an entry-level role might entail. You’ll not only gain real work experience, but also meet and learn from the pros. An internship is the chance to figure out what you don’t want to do. Internships give you the chance to try a few things out without committing.
A virtual internship is a work experience program where students gain experience while working from a remote setting, such as from home. You are not physically present at the job location. During the virtual internship, students communicate with their employer through a range of resources, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, email, phone and webinars. Resources to prepare students for a virtual internship interview.
Micro-internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. They usually consist of 5 to 40 hours of work, and can occur any time of year. They are highly-specific, project-based positions, often in arenas like lead generation, content creation, or data entry. Students receive a fixed fee, and are given between one week and one month to complete their project.
Through volunteering students gain real-world experience and practice important skills like leadership, problem-solving, and time-management. Volunteering offers students the opportunity to apply their classroom learning beyond the campus to practical areas such as social services, healthcare and education.
It is imperative that before you apply, to any of the Internships, please have a Career Counselor at Career Services look at your resume. Also if you receive an internship let us know.
For more information, contact Career Services at 718-262-2282 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and log into your Cardinal Account for a more detailed description of each internship.