What is an internship?
An internship is an opportunity that combines learning with work and offers a unique experience for career exploration. The essential component is that as you are working, you have structured and intentional objectives to learn about a career field.
Internship Search Workshops
To find out more about our Internship Services and the methods of locating an internship, please attend one of the following programs:
Internships: The Inside Scoop
|Tues., October 30||5:30 – 7:30 p.m.||Shriver MPR-AB|
|Mon., January 28||5:30 – 7:30 p.m.||Shriver MPR-BC|
Networking & More
|Wed., August 31||5 – 6 p.m.||Shriver MPR-C|
|Tues., January 17||6:15 – 7:15 p.m.||Shriver MPR-C|
|Tues., February 21||5 – 6 p.m.||Shriver MPR-C|
Types of internships
Internships can be full- or part-time, short- or long-term, paid or unpaid, for credit or not for credit, self-directed or mentor-led, or any combination thereof. Some employers have formal internship programs while others only offer internships on an informal basis.
Why you should pursue an internship
- Explore potential careers
- Learn how to conduct a job search
- Build work-related skills
- Experience a "3-month interview"
- Network with people in your field
- Become more marketable for your future job search
Before you begin your internship search, you should reflect on:
- Your interests, strengths, skills and experiences
- The skills you hope to gain or refine through an internship
- The types of careers that interest you
If you need career advice, such as deciding on a major, Career Services also offers interest tests and individual counseling to help determine how your particular interests and skills might match skills needed for various careers.
Once you are comfortable with your major and want to begin pursuing your career goals, schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor for assistance with your internship search. A comprehensive listing of internship services offered by Career Services can be found here.
- Direct contact from prospective employers via the online Master Student Resume Book by registering with Career Services
- Internship-Search Timetable Checklist (PDF format)
- Career Services Internship key facts
- On-campus recruiting using Miami CAREERlink
- Miami CAREERlink
- Internships and Summer Jobs Web Sites
- Spring ICE FAQs
- Personal contacts, including faculty, friends, family, and others
How can you create your own internship?
- Interview with employers who recruit at Miami
- Contact employers in particular fields or cities that interest you
- Network with friends, relatives, alumni, faculty
- Search newspapers, want ads, magazines, trade journals, telephone books, WWW sites
- Participate in informational interviews