Encouraging students to use Spring Break to find internships

April 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Posted in Advising interns, Finding internships | 1 Comment
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Susan Sandberg

Many students are enjoying a well-deserved Spring Break. An email reminder from you as their career services advisor might motivate them to think beyond the moment and come back from Break with a summer internship lined up—or even an externship or shadowing experience—as well as a tan. Here are some recent items to share with your students:

  • Spring Break Internships/Externships: In an article for Her Campus, Ngozi Ekeledo shares tips and advice on how to use spring break to find an internship. “Packing up and heading to Miami or MTV Spring Break are great options, but getting a crash course in a company’s daily ins and outs can also give you a (less tan) leg up. Many businesses, companies and schools offer spring break internship opportunities that you can take advantage of, and they’re often less competitive to land than summer internships.” Caitlin Crotty, an advisor for Medill Career Services at Northwestern University, believes that networking is the key benefit of a shorter internship. “It’s hard to work on something meaningful in that short time span, but internships and externships are a wonderful way to meet some professionals in a target organization or industry,” she said.
  • Shadowing alumni: Some universities set up externship programs with alumni in which current students can follow these workers for a day at their jobs. Northwestern University’s NEXT externship program is a great example. Students register through the alumni association website and have the chance to follow someone in the field of their choice. Some popular choices for students include business, communications and law. For instance, in the field of journalism, students have the chance to shadow a worker at The New York Times or NBC to learn more about these media powerhouses. Read the rest of this article from Her Campus.com.
  • International Internships: The following excerpts are from a recent article, “Internships abroad more popular,” by Torie Deible, news staff writer. While many Virginia Tech students traveled to Mexico or other countries for spring break last week, others have been going abroad for work instead of play to take international internships. “So many companies, if they’re not already international, are thinking about going international. They’re all thinking globally. Someone who has had that international opportunity is an asset to the company,” said Reed Kennedy, director of international programs for the Pamplin College of Business. Kennedy, a supporter of international internships, said when students intern abroad they gain self-confidence and undergo much more of a growth experience than interning back home.
  • Internships in nonviolence and community organizing: Students concerned over the escalating violence and war erupting over the globe may want to read about the internships with the Fellowship of Reconciliation posted By FOR. The Metta Center for Nonviolence nonviolence immersion program is open to young adults ages 18 to 35, and located in Berkeley, CA, and includes an opportunity to work directly with FOR’s office in Oakland. The Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center internship in multifaith community organizing and nonviolence practice is open to young adults ages 18 to 28, and located in Stony Point, NY. The Greensboro Justice Fund Fellowships at the Highlander Center in popular education and community organizing for social change is open to all adults over age 18, and located in New Market, TN.

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