Most students complete an internship during their time at UNH Manchester to gain practical experience and to affirm interest in a potential career. Internships provide an opportunity to begin building a network of professional contacts that can later make the search for a full-time job less stressful. Many entry-level positions require some experience, and students who participate in internships often get hired sooner and report higher starting salaries. It is recommended that you begin searching for an internship at least one semester prior to when you plan to intern.
What Internship Experience Do You Want? Consider:
Understand the Industry:
As you start your search, you must identify the employers that could potentially fit your desired internship experience. Learn more about the industry through LinkedIn’s "See Alumni" feature to see where UNH students with your major are working. If location is important, use your local Chamber of Commerce to learn about companies in your area. Use what you learn to target your networking towards certain organizations or people.
The #1 Way to Find Internships and Jobs:
Most internships are found through networking, or creating connections within companies. Start with the people you know in person, share what kind of experience you are looking for, and ask for further advice and connections. Engage new connections through informational interviews.
Attend Career Events:
A great way to start building a professional network is to meet industry professionals in person and learn about their company and open positions.
Prepare Your Application Materials:
You should prepare a resume, cover letter, and have a professional LinkedIn profile. The best application documents are tailored to the internship description and match the relevant key words to your industry. Stop by our Career Peer walk-ins to get any of these documents reviewed before submitting them.
Internships can be for academic credit or for professional experience. If you are interested in doing an internship for academic credit, there are additional steps to take outlined in our Academic Internships Tips and Checklist. You should begin your internship search at least one semester before you plan to complete your internship. In order to receive academic credit for your internship, you must:
Visit the Internship and Career Planning office for an Internship Advising Session, or an individual career planning appointment.
Maggie Wells, Internship Coordinator
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