- Why should I do an internship?
- When are internships available?
- Where on campus can I find out about internship opportunities?
- What do I need to do to get an internship?
- Who do I see about getting credit for internships?
- Can I get paid?
- What do employers expect from interns?
Why should I do an internship
- Research shows that employers interviewing college graduates look for oral and written communication skills, proficiency in the graduate's field of study, demonstrated teamwork abilities, leadership skills and internship experience.
- UNH alumni that participated in the Internship Program as undergraduates have reported higher starting salaries and higher positions available upon graduation than college students without previous experience.
- In addition, participants in the program have found job hunting less stressful and more rewarding than college students with little professional experience.
- Participating in an internship gives you the chance to experience and explore — from the inside — career direction you are considering.
- Internships provide an opportunity for you to begin building a network of professional contacts who can be of critical importance as you begin your career. These network contacts can provide credible work references, job leads, and career advice specific to your field of interest.
When are internships available?
You can start an internship at any time in your junior or senior year. Depending on your course schedule, you can begin immediately or make arrangements with an employer to start at a later date. Academic credit internships are based on a semester schedule. Summer-only internships are also available.
Where can I find out about internship opportunities?
The Internship Coordinator, Barbara Wirth, is located in the Pandora Mills building. Stop by her office or call her at 603-641-4327 to set up an appointment. Current internship opportunities are listed on Blackboard under “Orgs and Depts”. You should also check with faculty in your academic program; they may be aware of alternate internship opportunities.
What do I need to do to get an internship
Generally, employers seeking interns ask applicants to submit a resume and cover letter to express their interest in the internship. The Academic and Career Counseling office in the Student Services Suite can assist you with resume writing and critique. Employers may want to schedule an interview to discuss the internship and your candidacy. On rare occasions, employers will ask for additional documents, such as a transcript or written recommendations. More commonly, you may be asked to provide the names and contact information for persons who can act as professional or personal references for you.
How is credit awarded for internships
The number of academic credits awarded is based on the number of hours you are working in an internship placement. You will need to obtain a faculty sponsor from your major or minor program; together you will l complete the needed paperwork. The internship must relate to your academic major or minor. Please note that some departments have additional criteria that students must meet to be eligible for internship credit. Academic credit internships generally begin and end on the semester schedule. Just like a normal class, you would for sign up for your internship hours during registration after you have submitted the appropriate paperwork (Learning Agreement). Contact the Internship Coordinator to obtain paperwork and review the procedures.
Can I get paid?
It's possible you can get paid as an intern, although most internships are unpaid. Compensation varies, depending on the employer's industry, the student's experience and class year, and other factors.
What do employers expect from interns
Employers seek students who are enthusiastic and have a genuine interest in learning about the employer's field. Sometimes, employers ask that students have certain skills, for example, being familiar with common word processing software. Employers expect interns to act professionally at all times, which includes arriving to work as scheduled, on time. They also expect interns to ask questions and offer to take on new responsibilities as appropriate. Employers need feedback from interns, too, about whether the intern's goals for the experience are being met.