FAQ's for Students

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"Some of our students are forced to go out of state to secure internships. That results in many of Utah's most talented graduates leaving the state, as they secure full-time employment on the basis of their internship. We are pleased to add our vote of support for this project, Utah Intern."

Susan Linder, director of Career Services, Southern Utah University

1. How will an internship benefit me?
2. Is it better to do an internship in the summer or during the school-year?
3. During which year in school should I complete an internship?
4. Will I be paid as an intern?
5. How many internships should I complete?
6. How can I get the most out of my internship experience?
7. How do I get an internship?

1.

How will an internship benefit me?
You need experience to qualify for a job, but you need a job to get experience. This is the paradox of employment! What is the solution? An internship. A college degree isn’t the only thing employers are looking for. They want education plus experience. And once you obtain experience, it’s much easier to get the type of job you want. Perhaps, more importantly, internships allow you to use the skills you’ve accumulated at college in a learning environment. Mentors will teach you how to apply your knowledge.

2.

Is it better to do an internship in the summer or during the school-year?
It depends on your needs. Many students enjoy taking a summer off from school to try out the work force through an internship. Other students, however, choose to go to school year-round or have other obligations during the summer. The good news for these students is that internships can easily be filled during school. Many students can easily complete a part-time internship while still taking a full or partial load of classes.

3.

During which year in school should I complete an internship?
Most employers are looking for juniors or seniors because they have taken upper-division course work. But some employers will accept college students of any age. Although most students tend to wait until their junior and senior years, don’t rule out the possibility of completing an internship early on.

4.

Will I be paid as an intern?
Some employers pay their interns and some don’t. While Utah Intern encourages employers to pay their interns, some companies simply cannot afford it. We do recommend students to find internships that will help them in their chosen profession.

5.

How many internships should I complete?
The more internships you do, the better off you will be. If an employer sees that a student has filled several internships, that employer will understand the experience and dedication that the student possesses.

6.

How can I get the most out of my internship experience?
Keeping a portfolio is an optimal way to see how you’ve grown through your internship. If you write or create documents, make copies and keep them in your portfolio (with your employer’s permission). Your record keeping will pay off at your next interview. Another way to grow from your internship experience is through constant evaluation from your mentor. When you provide continuous feedback to your mentor, he or she will learn how to best accommodate you. When you receive feedback from the mentor, you will learn how to increase your professional skills.

7. How do I get an internship?
If your goal is to obtain an internship, you are at the right place. Utah Intern is committed to helping you find the internship you need. Our goal is to open more internships in the state of Utah. By working with local organizations, we hope to accommodate the increased demand for internships. To begin your voyage, see “Tips for Building an Impressive Resume.” After you’ve built your resume, search the organizations in Utah that you would be interested in working for. Then submit your resume via email to the employers you hope to hear back from.

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Utah Intern 2004