The spring semester is drawing to a close and many BW students are preparing to start their internships.
Each student is required to complete an internship to fulfill their EXP credit on campus. Some students complete more than one internship throughout their college career. The internship process is intended to prepare students for professional jobs in the career field they are studying. The student can find internships through assistance with the Career Center and online sites such as Handshake and LinkedIn.
While searching for internships can be a daunting task for many, the Career Center offers tips on resume building, mock interviews, and tips for students seeking summer jobs. Hannah Fredriksen, deputy director of career education and student engagement, said the interview process is as important to the student being interviewed as it is to the company interviewing them.
“When you’re in your interview, one of the biggest key points to remember is that even though companies are interviewing you, you want to make sure you interview them as well,” Fredriksen said. “This is important because you don’t want to get stuck in a bad situation, like being the person who drinks coffee instead of doing something that really helps you learn.”
Some students face difficulties when looking for internships in their field. According to Fredriksen, it’s important for students to seek diversity in their positions rather than focus too much on one specific internship.
“When looking for an internship, my best advice is don’t just go for what you want to do,” Fredriksen said. Expanding yourself and having a diverse experience will help you gain job search skills.”
Resume reviews, one of the areas the Career Center focuses on, can have a big impact on a student’s likelihood of landing an internship. Since your resume is one of the first things professionals look at, “you’ll want them to review your resume because that’s their first impression of you,” Fredriksen said.
Students shouldn’t be afraid to show their confidence, Fredriksen said.
“When you get to the internship stage, you have to remember to be confident as a student; you will want to tell them what you potentially have,” she said.
Many students have discussed their anxiety about asking questions during interviews for positions and internships. Fredriksen believes that asking questions is an important part of the process that shouldn’t scare off interviewees.
“When you’re at your interview or internship, don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to,” Fredriksen said. “They understand that you are learning and working… Take advantage of learning from everyone around you, because they all have different skills and advantages and are in the same field of work. Everyone can learn from each other’s experiences.”
Fredriksen also highlights the importance of networking while looking for an internship or job.
“Make sure you introduce yourself to everyone you meet. Make your name known!” she said.
The Career Center is dedicated to connecting students with internships and job opportunities. All of their various services are designed to give students and alumni the ability to find something they are passionate about. “We are always here to help!” Fredricksen said.