In today’s labor market, having a college degree may not be enough to become employed in your career of choice. Candidates are encouraged to gain additional skills to complement their education through internships/career experience. The earlier you begin building these skills, the more opportunities will be available once you graduate.
How do you do this?
By participating in one or more of the following:
• Internship – A career-related work experience that may also provide you an opportunity to earn academic credits and income. The internship should: offer hands-on work with increasing levels of responsibility; enhance the employer’s productivity and is not job shadowing or observation alone; be professional in nature; provide a qualified mentor/supervisor; and offer work that relates to your academic major (or area of study) or career field of interest.
• Community Service Scholarship Program – Volunteer 150 hours with participating non-profit agencies, earn 3 units of credit and a $1500 scholarship upon completion of hours. Click here to review current positions.
• Jan & Bud Richter Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning – Provides students with quality volunteer experiences that cultivate a lifelong service-ethic which will stimulate and enhance the educational experience at all levels including earning credit.
What are some of the benefits of participating?
• Developing and enhancing employability skills
• Gaining valuable academic and career-related experience
• Applying classroom learning in real-world situations
• Exploring an area of interest and validating career choice(s)
• Earning a paycheck and/or academic credit
• Acquiring a greater sense of responsibility
• Building relationships with professionals who can advise and mentor you
What are some strategies for locating an internship?
• Registering on-line on HireTopDogs (formerly BulldogLink) and searching under “Paid internship.”
• Contacting the Faculty Internship Coordinator in your department for information on internship procedures and verifying requirements for arranging class credit.
• Identifying and researching organizations where you may have an interest in applying. Check out websites of organizations where you might like to intern/work.
• Attending Career Fairs held each Fall and the "Career & Internship Expo” held each Spring.
• Looking on HireTopDogs to access employers who are interviewing on campus for internships through the On-Campus Interviewing Program.
• Taking full advantage of workshops offered by the Career Development Center on interviewing and resume writing. A professional presentation will increase your chances of being invited for an interview.
• Networking by speaking with every resource available to you including family, friends, alumni, professors and members of professional organizations.
• Joining a Fresno State student club or organization which will help provide excellent opportunities to develop leadership skills, network with professional guest speakers and provide community service.
• Searching online through "Find Volunteer Opportunities" on HandsOn Central California, which offers a database of volunteer opportunities throughout Fresno County.
There are also a number of Internship Sites on the Internet. Some include:
1. A Guide to Internships
2. CSU Entertainment Industry Initiative
3. Environmental Careers Organization Paid Internships
5. Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities National Internship Program
6. Institute for Experiential Learning in Washington, DC
7. InternMatch Internships
10. The Internsource: Internships for California College Students
13. Live, Learn and Intern in Washington, DC
14. Pathways for Students & Recent Graduates to Federal Careers
15. Rising Star Internship Database
16. Student Conservation Association
17. The Washington, DC Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
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