5 Secrets How to Get an Internship as a College Student

Internships are prevalent amongst students attending their first year of college, as they could be a huge stepping stone towards securing your future. Today you will learn five secrets that should boost your chances of getting an internship at a company or in your desired field.

What is an internship?

An internship is a position where a student or recent graduate works for a company to gain experience in their desired field. An internship is also an excellent opportunity to connect with professionals in your chosen field. If you’re looking for an internship but aren’t sure where to start, remember that apprenticeships are not the same as volunteer positions or paid jobs. They are meant to give you professional experience and should be supervised by someone who knows what they are doing.

Internship Application

Internship applications are now available in the office. If you are interested in an internship, please pick up an application and return it to the office as soon as possible. Although the best application is made in person, you may pick up and return your application via email or in person. If you are applying by email, please include a phone number to reach you. The Advisor and Career Center will begin reviewing applications on Monday, September 4th. Keep an eye out for our hiring announcement in Student Life next week!
We look forward to helping you find your path to success at U.C. Merced!


How to Find an Internship

Internships are a great way to gain experience in the field you are interested in and meet people who can help you in your career. To find an internship, start by looking online. Many websites list internships, such as Indeed.com and Internships.com.

Things you should keep in your Mind

  • What is an internship?
  • What are the benefits of doing an internship?
  • How do I find an internship?
  • What should I do if I don’t have any experience?
  • What should I do if I’m not sure what I want to do?
  • What are the risks of doing an internship?
  • Are there any other ways to get experience in my field?

Departmental Internship Courses

Departmental Internship Courses allow students to gain valuable experience in their field of study. Students are placed in internships with local businesses and organizations to gain hands-on experience in their desired profession. They can also take advantage of our free academic and professional advising services, attend networking events, and engage in volunteer experiences that build their resume and showcase their interests.

The benefits of having an internship

Internships can allow students to learn about specific careers, develop job skills, and make professional connections. Interns often receive a stipend, which can help offset educational costs. Unlike co-ops, internships are not working terms and do not usually lead to a paid position. Students should be aware that unpaid internships can lead to future employment discrimination. Many states have laws prohibiting this practice. Students who believe they have been the target of such methods should seek legal assistance. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has detailed information on filing an employment discrimination claim.

How to prepare for an internship interview

An internship interview is your opportunity to show a potential employer that you would be a great addition to their team. Here are a few tips to help you prepare:

1. Do your research. Learn as much as possible about the company and the position you’re interviewing for. 2. Practice your interview skills. Be prepared to answer common interview questions. 3. Dress for success. Wear clothes that are clean and professional. If the company requires business casual, wear a collared shirt and slacks or a skirt and a sweater.

What to do during your internship

Internships can be a great way to gain experience in your desired field. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your internship:

1. Come prepared and willing to learn. 2. Dress professionally and act accordingly. 3. Ask questions and be proactive. 4. Take advantage of networking opportunities. 5. Make the most of your time. When you receive an offer letter, it’s time to celebrate!

The importance of networking during an internship

Internships are a great way to get your foot in the door and network with professionals in your desired field. It’s important to attend any networking events or meetings and introduce yourself to everyone you meet. Be sure to have a list of contact information for anyone you meet. Often, the first person you talk to might be your future boss! According to ZipRecruiter’s 2017 Global Employer Survey, one in five job seekers (22 percent) has used an online service to find a job. Online recruitment has increased by 19 percent since 2015.

How to turn your internship into a job

An internship can be a great way to get your foot in the door at a company you’re interested in working for. But it’s not just about showing up and doing the work – you must ensure you stand out from the rest. Not just in terms of your resume but every internship aspect. The key is to keep a positive attitude, do your research and make sure you leave an impression. You don’t want to be the person who makes a wrong impression because you weren’t prepared. Lara Schechter is a certified Toastmasters speaker, writer, and leading professional coach who helps people communicate more effectively at work and in life.


An internship can provide professional experience, and departmental internship courses can provide opportunities to learn more about a specific field or area of study. High school students can take a class or independent study as part of their curriculum. A high school student can also intern with an organization they are interested in working for after graduation. Many universities offer undergraduate and graduate internships for college students.