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i F E ATU RE S 8 WWW.GUILFORDlAN.COM Five things to bow if you have (or don’t have) your first internship this summer BY ANNEY BOLGIANO Staff WwTHt I: If you are not getting credit for your internship, you should get on that. "Students do not always realize they have the option of receiving academic credit for internship work," said Megan Corkery, career counselor and coordinator of internships. "We encourage students to earn credit for an internship." You can also get credit for paid internships. Maybe you have managed to get an internship, but you are still a little scattered and have not applied to get credit. Don't worry, you still have time. The deadlines to receive academic credit for summer internships are: Full summer term (10 weeks) - June 5 First summer term (first 5 weeks) - May 31 Second summer term (second 5 weeks) - July 8 3: Interning is on the rise, and for good reason, even among younger students (cough — sophomores — cough) "We have seen a growth in numbers each year, especially in the last two years. " said Corkery. "In comparison to other liberal arts colleges in the U.S., Guilford is on the high-end of students who participate in internships for academic credit. I do not have figures on which year does more interns, but if I had to guess, it would definitely be juniors and seniors. Sophomores are more steadily doing internships, which is wonderful, and we highly encourage that." There is no reason to wait to intern. If you can find something after your first-year, go for it. If you find a volunteer opportunity, take it. It will make it easier to find something for your next summer and will help point you in the direction of what field you will be most happy working or interning in. your ♦ t 4: Stay in touch after internship is completed. Internships provide a myriad of benefits: work experience, references and career insight and networking, just to name a few. For some students, their internships led to other opportunities. Sophomore Sara Minsky interned at Participatory Action Research Center for Educational Organizing in New York. "I have kept a connection and have been doing some work with the organization from school and now am officially a staff member there," said Minsky. "I suggest that if people really like the organization they intern with to keep in touch about staying connected and working for them in the future." 2: If you do not have an internship, but think you may want one, you still have some options. Though it is best to start looking early for internships, if you do not have one now, there are some steps you can take to make your this summer a career smart summer. "Students can also consider doing some job shadowing with family, friends or relatives who are in the field they're interested in," said Corkery. "Volunteering can also be an excellent resume builder. Conducting informational interviews of individuals in your chosen field is also a good strategy for networking or finding future jobs/internships. Informational interviewing is a form of networking, where you have a 20-30 minute conversation (in person) about what they do in their job, how they got there, what educational path they took, what trends they are seeing in their field, etc." Junior and Bonner Scholar Emily Morazan started looking for an advocacy-related internship late in the game, aroimd mid-late April, but had surprising success. "Don't just look for internship programs," said Morazan. "Find an organization that you think is cool and then contact them and ask for a volunteer or internship coordinator." A good website to visit is www.idealist.org. Ideally, you can search jobs, volunteer opportunities and organizations by field and area. Just because there are no internships available nearby or in your field of interest does not mean there aren't any opportunities. Search for organizations and reach out to any that interest you. 5: Don’t worry about it; you are going to do a great job. Interning is a very unique opportunity to gain experience in a nurturing environment where your learning and growth are valued. Sophomore Katahdin Kehoe interned at the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "Do your best but don't stress when you make a mistake," said Kehoe. "It happens. (My internship) was successful because I was doing something that I enjoyed." May showers bring plenty el snmmer opportnnities BY JAMIE LUCKHAUS Staff WwT» Summer. School is out. You made it through finals. Time to hit the beach and feel the sand between your toes. Sleep in. Get sunburned by the pool. Although these are vital parts of summer, there is much more to do. Your tan will fade, but the experienced gained interning or volunteering will stick with you. Corkery. "Classroom learning is wonderful, but it only allows you to go so far. Interning allows you to get hands- on experience and apply theories from the classroom." by This late in the year, most deadlines have passed. But visit GoAbroad.com for opportunities to intern, study, volunteer and teach abroad. Internships "I would always encourage people to intern," said junior Jamie Rodgers. "Especially if you have no idea what you want to do with your life after college, like me." Rodgers will intern for the Beloved Community Center as a part of the Principled Problem Scholars Program. "I use internships as a way to see if I can actually visualize myself doing something daily for years," said Rodgers. "I love being able to see the information I learned in class actually be applied in a possible field I want to enter." First-year Lek Siu will be earning credit for her major and the Bonner Scholars program, interning for the American Friends Service Committee. "Internships have lots of opportunities for credits and to earn leadership skills, new knowledge and abilities," said Siu. "I definitely recommend that other students intern." There are tons of nonprofits and local agencies in the Greensboro and Piedmont area. Don't be afraid to contact them. "Employers prefer to hire graduates with experience," said Internship Coordinator and Career Counselor Megan Informational Interviewing Here is a great way to learn more about a career without devoting much time. First, email everyone you know saying you are interested in interviewing someone in the specific field. Contact the names given and say who referred you. Ask about their job likes, dislikes and schooling. It should not take more than 20 minutes. Give them your card, which you can get for free at vistaprint.com, and get theirs. Ask for additional contacts. Volunteer It is always good to give back to the community, but find something that interests you. You will be more devoted, enjoy it more and the person or organization will appreciate you more. Know someone who needs an extra hand due to age or a disability? Do yard work or little things around the house. Besides being considerate, anyone interested in a career in working with the elderly (a growing field) can get a head start. Job Shadowing Seeing someone on the job gives insight to a career and an opportunity to ask questions. Once again, contact anyone and everyone. Jobs Any job is important, but one that gives you experience in an area of interest does double — money and experience. www.collegecentral.com/ guilford provides pages of job listings. Just for fun Maybe you want to take a break from school related activities — understandable. Join a club or create one. Attend surf camp or horseback riding camp. Learning a new skill is always beneficial and always exciting, and you will meet new people. Work on a special project. Write a book, woodwork, create art or improve technical and software skills. Study Abroad/Travel The best way to learn another language or improve current skills is to go where everyone speaks it. The Study Abroad office always has someone ready to help. If you are even just considering going abroad, stop THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER AND STUDY ABROAD OFFICE ARE HERE FOR YOU IN KING 110 AND KING 112 f

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