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What is an internship?

An internship is a carefully monitored work or volunteer experience in which an individual has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what she or he is learning through the experience (The National Society of Experiential Education).  Internships are typically one-time quality work or service experiences related to a student's major or career goal. An internship is often the "bridge" between your LCC degree or certificate program and professional life.

Benefits of an internship

  • Gain career-related experience to build your resume
  • Expand your knowledge of career options
  • Increase confidence in skills and abilities
  • Learn how to work more effectively in an organizational environment
  • Build your professional network
  • Many companies hire their interns upon graduation, according to the National Association of College & Employers, 70% of employers say that they hire their interns for full-time positions after graduation before looking elsewhere
  • Possibly receive college credit. Contact the internship coordinator or academic advisor for your program to see if you could earn credit for an internship

Finding an internship

You can never start looking for an Internship early enough. Internships are competitive and have application deadlines. Spend time researching requirements for applying. Ideally you should start searching for an Internship about 6 months before you want the Internship to take place, especially if you are looking for an internship during the summer months.

  • CES JobLink (LCC's web-based employment system). To register for CES JobLink go to lcc.experience.com.

  • Company web sites

  • Student Organizations provide valuable information regarding internship opportunities

  • Your Program Internship Coordinator and your instructors

  • Networking (ask around): Contact individuals you may know who work in your field of interest

  • Job shadowing: job shadowing gives you a chance to observe daily office activities, ask questions, and consider the potential pros and cons of a particular industry or profession.

  • Non-Profits: Non-Profit organizations are always looking for volunteers and this serves as a great way to meet people and open doors to a possible internship in your future. Check out www.micauwvolunteercenter.org

  • Professional organizations (PO): Most industries have a professional organization local chapter available to students as well as employees in the field. Weddles Association Directory (www.weddles.com/associations/) is a great place to begin searching for the PO related to your career field.

  • Cold-calling is still one of the best ways to find interesting opportunities in your field.

Resources to find Internship opportunities

Resumes, Cover Letters, & Interviews -

You want to start applying for internships, now what? 

  • Applying and interviewing are all about demonstrating your professionalism, experience and how you stand out from the crowd.

  • Cater your resume and cover letter to the specific company and position desired.
  • Have contacts ahead of time who can provide you with a letter of recommendation, if requested.
  • Follow up with a phone call to see where the organization is with the interview process.
  • Even if you don't get selected for an interview, send a thank-you note.
  • Remember that LCC Career & Employment Services can help you polish your resume and prepare you for an interview.

For more information please contact:
    Becca Sowa
    Internship Development Manager
    (517) 483-9810
    stierr@lcc.edu

Center for Employment Services at Lansing Community College

Career and Employment Services
Gannon Building - StarZone
Phone: (517) 483-1172
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