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Internship Information

Internship Information

Internships are an excellent way to gain hands-on experience and opportunities to network with professionals in your field of interest.                     

Quick Networking Tips

Finding an Internship                

Finding an internship is similar to finding a job—it requires preparation, commitment and dedication. Plan to spend time researching opportunities, both online and through networking.                  

As you conduct your search, customize your resume and cover letter to ensure they are engaging and up to date.                 

If you are called in for an interview, be prepared. This is your opportunity to present your best self. Prepare for your interview by reviewing our Acing the Interview Tips.               

How do I know an Internship is Legitimate?                

An internship should provide a tangible learning experience you can apply to jobs in the future. 
Some internships may be paid while others are unpaid. The Federal Government provides guidelines [PDF] on internships. When considering an unpaid internship, don’t be afraid to ask specific questions about what skills you will gain. We suggest you discuss any unpaid internship situation with your Career Planning & Placement staff.                 

In Your Internship

Once you have been offered an internship, it is important to take it seriously. Treat it as you would a job and be sure to:                

  • Act and dress professionally.
  • Even if you are given minimal responsibilities, do your best to do them well.  
  • Keep up with your school work.
  • Meet people! Learn about what people do and how they got to where they are. Ask for informational interviews [PDF] and learn as much as you can about the company and industry.
  • Don't forget to send thank you notes [PDF] to people who help and support you.
  • Keep track of your responsibilities and be able to talk your successes​.
  • Update your resume to reflect the skills you gain through your internship experiences.

Be sure to connect with you Career Planning and Placement staff for support.               


Links to Internship Search Sites                  

City Colleges of Chicago Career Network 
City of Chicago Mayor's Office Fellowship Program 
Experience Internships 
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 
Governor's Environmental Corps​  
Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship 
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program 
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Internships​​ 
Illinois Office of Governor: Internships​ 
Internship Crossing  
Internship Programs 
National Institutes of Health 
One Day One Internship 
Presidential Management Fellows Program 
Rising Star Internships 
Smithsonian Opportunities for Research And Study: Internships 
Student Conservation Association 
The Student Conservation Association, Inc​ 
The Washington Center for Internships 
U.S. Department of State Internships Index​ 
U.S. Department of State Student Programs​ 
Urban Employ: Chicago 
White House Fellows Program​ 
White House Internships​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​ 

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