Taking a Step into the Real World
Rich and Nan Catanese P’14 discuss their student Corey’s experience with internships. Corey has interned at Pfizer’s communication department and Disney Publishing.
When to start interning
Emerson allows students to receive credit for internships once they have reached sophomore standing. Paid internships and non-credit internships can be done at any time. Emerson only allows students to receive eight credits for internships. Most internships give four or eight credits depending on how much time a student spends on site. Additional for-credit internships can be done by registering those internship credits through a state school or community college.
When to look for internships
Students should start their search for an internship the semester before they hope to intern.
How to find an internship
Emerson has plenty of resources to help students find internships. Career Services hosts internship fairs each semester for local internships. Career Service’s website eHire is a database of internships and jobs for students to access. The jobs and internships listed on eHire are provided by companies as well as many Emerson alumni. Personal connections are one of the best ways to find an internship. Another great way to learn about internships is from professors and other students. Emerson students can recommend internships and can often help an applicant’s resume be seen. Twitter and Facebook are also great resources. @BostonTweet as well as company accounts often post internship positions via Twitter or Facebook. Many on-campus organizations receive requests for internships ranging in fields from marketing to theater. Involvement in on-campus organizations is just another way to learn about internships.
Finding the right internship
With so many internship opportunities available, it is important to be selective. Your student should know what they want out of their internship. Some internships will consist of only getting lunch, making copies, and other busy work while others will fully engage your student in the inner workings of a company or business. Your student should ask questions about the internship. Who will they be working with? What will they be doing? What are their responsibilities? If their only purpose is to get coffee and sit quietly in the corner, your student will be better off somewhere else.
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