Internships are not required for GSM students, but it is strongly recommended that all students pursue employment which is relevant to their career goals during the summer between their first and second year.
- Better your resume. Competition for quality professional positions is intense and if students do not have applicable work experience, it will make the job search that much harder.
- Gain new experience. Although many GSM students are returning after several years in the work world, they are returning to change careers and their work experience may not be related to the career change they want to make. Internships are a great way to obtain experience in something new.
- Make new connections. Employers have an interest in making sure that interns have a rewarding experience with the firm because interns are going to talk to their fellow students about their summer.
Internships can be paid or unpaid, full or part time and often continue into the second year. Although financial considerations are important, you should look at all of your options and be sure that the internships you pursue are consistent with your career objectives.
Some companies begin the application process and interviewing for internships right after fall quarter. Therefore, you need to develop some idea of the career fields you are interested in during the fall quarter of your first year. You should attend as many company information seminars and career fairs as you can and you should be sure to ask companies if they will be hiring interns. You should also keep a close eye on the Career Development Newsletter because Career Development advertises all job opportunities, including internships, that employers send to the GSM.
Companies will also be coming to the GSM and interviewing directly for interns. A list of resource materials on internships is available from the Career Development staff.
Internships for International Students
- Instructions for filing SISS paperwork – updated 4/2011
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