Consider An Internship
An internship provides an opportunity to use the knowledge you have learned in school and gain practical career related work experience within your chosen industry. You should not leave college without one! Your future employers are interested in your education, but they also want to see that you can support your education with strong and applicable work experience that demonstrates your ability to understand their industry as well as the world of work. Internships can be be completed during the summer and/or academic year; for credit and/or non-credit; locally, nationally, and/or internationally. Several of the majors at CSUF require an internship as part of the graduation requirements. Whether required or not, you should have at least one internship experience before graduation.
The Benefits of an Internship
- Get your foot in the door of a company for which you would like to work
- Gain valuable career-related experience
- Explore areas of interest (job and/or industry)
- Network with industry professionals
- Increase employment and/or graduate school opportunities after graduation
- Build a strong résumé with relevant experience
- Develop professional and marketable skills
- Obtain letters of recommendations or strong references
- A possible job offer
Often, interns are exposed to many of the same opportunities and challenges as a regular full-time employee. You will experience what it is like to work in a professional environment, learn the company culture, and interact with other career professionals. An internship will certainly help you in your school-to-work transition. Some industries (advertising, public relations, writing, photography, animation, graphic design, and entertainment) are so competitive that you need an internship in that field, in addition to an appropriate degree, to be employable after graduation.
Turning your internship into a full-time opportunity
If you want to turn your internship into a full-time opportunity, attitude is key!
General attitude, cooperativeness, and enthusiasm are what employers are looking for in a candidate who is just starting out.
Distinguish yourself as a cut above the competition by...
- Taking on new or extra projects and assignments
- Getting to know your co-workers, supervisors, and the company culture
- Asking questions when in doubt
- Communicating with enthusiasm
- Asking for feedback about your performance
- Making the most out of your internship experience
- Communicating your career goals and plans
- Willingness to learn from others
- Staying in contact with the connections you make
How do I find an Internship?
Before you even begin looking for an internship you should create a résumé and cover letter and have them reviewed by a counselor in the Career Center. Having these materials ready enables you to promptly submit them to any internship (credit or non-credit) that becomes available, which avoids missing opportunities. Create your résumé today by utilizing the Titan Résumé Builder and then upload your résumé to your Titan Connection to directly apply for internships.
To access Titan Résumé Builder, login to your student portal and click the "Career Center" link.
Look for internships in various places
- Network - friends, family, professors, current employment
- Informational interviews
- Job search engines
- Company websites, city websites, county websites
- Campus Events such as...
- Internship and Job Fair (fall and spring)
- Career Center Events
- Company information sessions
- Schedule an appointment with an Industry Specialist in the Career Center by calling (657) 278-3121.
For a listing of available internships (credit and non-credit), login to the Titan Connection jobs database.
- Login to your student portal
- Click on "Career Center"
- Go to "Jobs and Internships"
- Click on "View Job & Internship Postings on Titan Connection"
You will be able to do an advanced search for "Academic Internships" (credit) or "Intern"(non-credit) postings.
Be sure to upload your résumé to the documents section of Titan Connection to be able to apply for opportunities directly.