Internships can provide meaningful opportunities to gain experience in your chosen field of interest. These experiences are important to not only solidify your career path, but to build a strong resume. Whether you are taking part in a paid or unpaid internship, credit or non-credit internship, part-time job on or off campus, campus organizations, or volunteer work, taking advantage of opportunities to increase your experience on your resume while you are attending college is imperative to your success after graduation.
An internship is an experimental learning opportunity for you to gain hands-on experience in a field of professional work that interests you. Benefits include:
• Gaining valuable work experience that increases your employment marketability
• Develop new skills while refining others
• Reinforcement of classroom learning to workplace settings
• Exploring potential career options
• Meet and work with professionals
• Building your professional network
• Adding experience to your resume
• Can lead to full-time job offers
There are several different ways you can find internship opportunities!
Utilize Handshake to search for internships, part-time jobs, or other experiential learning opportunities.
a) Go to “olemiss.joinhandshake.com” and click on Student Login.
b) Enter your Ole Miss email and check your email to confirm your account.
c) Set your password to activate your account. Continue through initial prompts to the home screen. Update your profile and attach relevant documents.
d) Click “Jobs” on the top then select “Internship” under “Job Type” on the right. Select additional filters to narrow down the search. Sift through available internships!
Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable students, Career Launchers, to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right full-time role.
Unlike traditional internships, Micro-Internships can take place year-round, typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and are due between one week and one month after kick-off. Micro-Internships are used by companies ranging from those in the Fortune 100 to emerging start-ups. In addition, these internships take place in a variety of career fields including sales, marketing, technology, human resources, and finance.
The creators of Micro-Internships, Parker Dewey, state:
“If you are launching your career, Parker Dewey provides a tremendous opportunity. Not only can you explore different career paths and work on interesting assignments, you can also demonstrate your abilities to potential employers while building your professional portfolio and network. Beyond that, your academic experience will improve as you apply what is taught in the classroom to the real world (and vice versa). Oh, did we forget to mention that you get paid for all of this?
- Work on interesting projects
- Develop relationships with potential employers
- Gain valuable experience
- Explore career options
- Demonstrate your capabilities
- Generate income”
Internship Search Resources
- Federal Government: usajobs.gov, cia.gov, fbi.gov, nsa.gov
- Disney: www.DisneyCollegeProgram.com; www.DisneyInterns.com