Internships – Students

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from the University of Hawaii at Hilo Career Development Services

What is an Internship?

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent (National Association of Colleges and Employers – NACE).

Types of Internships
  • Credit/Non-credit
  • Paid/Unpaid
  • Full-time/Part-time
  • All Industries and Majors
Advantages of an Internship
  • Develop the skills that employers seek
  • Gain the real-world experience that all employers seek
  • Great resume boost
  • Best practice for job search
  • Great opportunity to network
  • Get college credit
  • Test the waters in chosen field
  • Open door to a possible job offer
  • Enhance application to graduate school
How to Find an Internship
  • Visit Career Services
  • Panther JobLink
  • 1 on 1 Career Counseling
  • Career & Internship Fairs
  • Employer Information Session
  • Networking
  • Academic Department
  • Online Resources
  • Informational Interviews
  • LinkedIn
Keys to Internship Success
  • Dynamic cover letter/superior resume/interviewing skills
  • Set personal goals
  • Regular meetings with Supervisor
  • Positive attitude and enthusiasm
  • Ask questions
  • Seek opportunities to learn more about the company
  • Record all accomplishments and work completed
  • Network, build relationships and get exposure
  • Take Initiative
Frequently Asked Questions
Internship Checklist
Student Internship Manual
Online Resources
Internship Opportunities