It′s Never Too Soon for an Internship

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Amy Oakes, Assistant Director of Career Services


An internship is an important mile marker on the road to a career. Not only does it provide students with practical and transferable skills and valuable work experience to increase marketability, it also offers an opportunity to explore career options. Furthermore, an internship is the perfect way to begin to build a network of professional contacts. From one semester to one year; from business to non-profit, internships come in all shapes and sizes and are relatively easy to obtain through Career Services.

Just how important is an internship? According to The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 49.7% of employers offer higher salaries to new college graduates with internship experience. Additionally, NACE reported that employers rate prior internship experience as the most important factor in their full-time hiring decisions. The majority of employers report that the primary focus of their internship program is to recruit entry-level talent.

Rhodes Career Services connects students with paid, unpaid, and academic internships. For paid and unpaid internship opportunities, all students can register with LynxTRAK. Here, students have access to internship opportunities across the nation. Career Services also coordinates the Rhodes Academic Internship Program for juniors and seniors. These credit-bearing internships allow students to apply classroom knowledge to real world settings. Academic internship possibilities are listed on the Academic Internship section of the Career Services web site.

Now is the time to begin the internship search. Encourage your students to familiarize themselves with employers and contacts in career areas of interest to them. Students can visit company websites, attend campus informational sessions, and join professional and student associations. You can also refer your student to the resources below for a head start on their journey.

How Can A Student Find an Internship?

  • Register and search on LynxTRAK
  • Career Services Library
  • Rhodes Alumni
  • Attend an Internship Orientation to register for an academic internship
  • Networking with personal contacts
  • Professional journals/associations/directories
  • Meet with your Career Counselor
  • Academic Advisors and Faculty
  • Classified/Job Postings
  • Cold call/send a letter
  • Create your own through tools, such as Career Search
  • Internet resources such as: