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Career Development Center

Internships


What is an Internship?

CDC defines an internship as any type of carefully monitored work or service experience related to one’s major or career interest in which an individual has intentional learning goals and with the employer reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience.

An Internship is a great way to enhance professional skills with "hands on experience" in the work force.  The University of Cincinnati Career Development Center (CDC) Internship Program helps students find out-of-the-classroom, practical experience, while gaining in-depth knowledge of the work place that most employers seek.  The CDC internship program is open to students of all majors. 

 

Why choose an Internship?

Students should choose an internship to gain real-experience in areas of career interest.  The CDC Internship Program is designed to provide practical and comprehensive internship information, internship selections, and follow-up career counseling services that are available as early as freshman year.  It is not necessary to take time off from school to intern, as required with co-op.  Even though internships are offered year round, you have the option to choose when you want to intern.  You may also receive college credit, or a stipend from your internship.  Additionally, internships help you to establish
an employer network that can lead to full-time employment in the future.

 

Internship Month

Internship month has various events that are targeted at assisting UC students in their internhsip search.  Events include - on-campus interviewing for internships, professional workshops, video taped mock interviews, resume critique sessions, and a virtual career fair.

 

Internship Listserv

Don't miss out on CDC programs and events -- get email announcements about internship opportunities, upcoming workshops, career fairs and other career-related events by signing up for Careerlink-Internship.

Where can I find information on the internships that are available through CDC?

Internship Action Plan

IDENTIFY THE EXPERIENCE YOU NEED

  • Type of employer
  • Location
  • For credit or non-credit
  • Part-time, full-time, or Summer

 

VISIT THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER

  • Consider career-related part-time job
  • Review books on internship opportunities
  • Register for internship referrals

 

PREPARE A GOOD RESUME

  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Leadership or volunteer activity

 

PREPARE A COVER LETTER OF INQUIRY

  • Tell why you are writing
  • Tell what you have to offer
  • Identify action you want to take

 

RESEARCH EMPLOYER CONTACTS AT CDC'S CAREER LIBRARY

  • Various publications
  • Internship newsletter
  • Current internship listings

 

NETWORK FOR INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

  • Family and friends
  • Faculty and advisors
  • Student groups
  • Community organizations

 

FOLLOW THROUGH WITH YOUR PLAN

  • Contact employers by phone
  • Watch for deadlines
  • Attend presentations and workshops
  • Read, read, read

 

For more information about internships, or to make an appointment to discuss your internship
search, please contact Arthur Walton at 513-556-3471.