Through an internship, you can gain knowledge, confidence, and practical experience while making connections in your field. Internships also allow you to try out different industries and employers.
Five W’s of Internships
Who can help me find an internship?
- Stephanie Gandy, internship manager – 225-578-7456
- Department specific advisors
These resources are there to help. Ultimately, you are responsible for finding your own internship.
What kind of internship can I get?
- You can take a paid or unpaid internship. Not all companies are able to pay an intern, so if you do find one that is unpaid, use your discretion in evaluating its merit. Understand what the company or organization has to do in order to for that experience to be considered a legitimate unpaid internship. Please review the U.S. Department of Labor guidelines on unpaid internships and make sure that the internship you are considering falls within these parameters, if unpaid.
- There is also a difference between academic and non-academic credit internships. Learn more by reviewing the Olinde Career Center's internship information. If you would like academic credit, please talk with your departmental advisor.
Where can I find internships?
When should I start looking?
The best time is summer after sophomore or junior year. You should have taken some major specific classes and understand the basic subject matter of your major before moving into the field for your internship.
Why should I do an internship?
- Internships allow students to try out a prospective employer and career path.
- Internships offer hands-on experience in your chosen field.
- Internships boost your confidence and your knowledge.
- Internships mirror the expectations you will encounter in the workforce.
- Within an internship, you have the opportunity to network for future employment, create relationships with other interns and young professionals, and establish rapport with other employers within that company. This can be invaluable when searching for full-time employment upon graduation.
How do I take the next step?
- Get an internship through the ways outlined above and with resources (résumé building, interviewing, etc.) from our office and the Olinde Career Center.
- Decide if you want academic credit
- If you do not, go intern! At the end of your internship, fill out our internship survey.
- If you do, contact your specific department for next steps to gain that academic credit. Fill out the forms provided by your department and follow those specific instructions.