Internship Checklist

DETERMINE YOUR INTERNSHIP GOALS

  • What are your specific career interests?
  • What do you hope to gain from an internship? Responsibilities? Compensation? Experience?
  • What type of organization are you interested in?
  • What industry would be best for your needs?
  • Where do you want to have your internship? City? Corporation? Industry? Hometown?  In-State? Out-of-state?
  • Paid vs. Unpaid?
  • Credit vs. Noncredit?
  • Term-time vs. Summer time? Part-time vs. Full-time?

INTERNSHIP TIMELINE

  • Talk with your department about what kinds of internships would be best to help you gain practical experience in your field. Does your department offer credit for an internship?
  • Talk with your University Career Services Office as well as an Academic Advisor to find out what internship resources are available.
  • Write your resume and cover letter and have them checked by your Career Services Office.
  • Attend FIU career and internship fairs to find out about internship opportunities.
  • Start networking with everyone you know.
  • Start researching internship opportunities. Obtain general information about companies, internship programs, contact people and deadlines.

COMPLETE AT LEAST TWO SEMESTERS BEFORE YOUR INTERNSHIP…

  • Be ready to send out your resume and cover letter as companies may ask for these semesters in advance.
  • Practice your interviewing skills. Schedule a mock interview, and participate in the Practice Interview Program (PIP) available through your Career Services Office.

COMPLETE AT LEAST ONE SEMESTER BEFORE YOUR INTERNSHIP…

  • Make sure your application is complete for each company where you would like to intern.
  • Interview with employers.
  • Send thank you letters to employers who gave you an opportunity to interview.
  • Decide on an internship that is best for you, and accept an internship offer.

WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO TO PREPARE FOR AN INTERNSHIP

Attend Career Services workshops, Register with Career Services and search Panther JobLink https://fiu-csm.symplicity.com/students/

  • How to Choose a Major
  • Resume Writing
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Internships 101
  • How to Prepare for a Career Fair
  • Where the Jobs Are: The Key to Government Employment
  • Salary Negotiation
  • Networking Skills

INTERVIEWING FOR INTERNSHIPS

Before

  • Research the organization
  • Dress like the serious professional you will soon be
  • Rehearse/role play answers to typical questions you may be asked
  • Prepare questions to ask

After

  • Send follow-up thank you letter
  • Make notes about what went well, and where you can make improvements for your next interview