The Basics

Internship basics


  1. What kind of internship should I get?

    Not sure how to get started? Some people look for an internship based on their major. If you aren't sure, you should take the Internship Predictor™ to get some ideas about industries and types of positions that might be of interest to you. Use the results to help jump start your internship search.

  2. Will I get paid?

    Some interns are paid – paid by the hour, the week or with a stipend (meaning: a chunk of money paid, in general, once during the internship). Other interns are not paid. You will have to decide according to your needs and finances what is feasible for you. Keep in mind, you shouldn't automatically dismiss the idea of an unpaid internship. It could help your post-graduation job search.

  3. Will I get course credit?

    You should talk with your school and the employer about the process to get credit from your internship. It varies by school, internship and employer. Start by talking with your school so you understand what it takes from you and the employer to get credit.

  4. How do I make a resume?

    Creating an intern resume doesn't have to be hard. You need to think about your work experience and your skills, and how to best present them for an employer. Good news, you can build a profile on and in a few steps get an attractively formatted professional resume.

  5. How long is a typical internship?

    Most internships last about 10 weeks to three months-or the duration of one quarter or semester. They can also happen during a school break-summer and winter internships are popular. The length of an internship is flexible, and should be agreed upon by both the student and the setting, taking into account school requirements about internship duration.

  6. What else do I need to know?

    Visit the Student Resources to find out more about internships – videos, articles, blogs and tools you can use.