From orientation to graduation and beyond the Student Success Center is with you all the way, transforming possibility and potential into success.
All career development services are available to current students and alumni. Email Careers@BHSU.edu for more information on any of the following services:
Focus-2 is an online, self-guided, interactive program designed to help you select the right college major and plan you career based on your personal interests, values, skills, personality, and aspirations.
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Need more information? Schedule an appointment for a FOCUS follow-up with Chad Kruckenberg, Student Success Advisor, by contacting the Student Success Center at 605-642-6951 or email Chad.Kruckenberg@BHSU.edu.
What is an Internship?
Internships are typically one-time work or service experiences involving students who have already attained considerable academic preparation related to a professional field. The internship plan generally involves advanced undergraduate students, or graduate students, working in professional settings under the supervision and monitoring of practicing professionals. Objectives and practices will vary from program to program. Some involve simply observing what the field is "really like," while others are designed to be a "capping" experience permitting students to apply the principles and theory taught on the campus to real-life projects. Internships are very beneficial from a learning perspective, with academic credit generally being awarded for an intern experience. Frequently internship experiences involve some type of income.
Typically, the coordination of internships resides within the various academic departments; some programs may require a practical experience component before graduation. Academic advisors are a great source of information about potential internships; the Student Success Center has an Internship Coordinator who also maintains listings of available opportunities. Once a position has been secured, the student works with the appropriate faculty member in the establishment of internship requirements, faculty assessment of achievement, and work-site visits by the student's intern coordinator.
It is a good idea to approach securing an internship in the same way you will apply for a full time position or graduate school. The sooner you begin the more choices you will have. Sources of information include:
Entering the Competition!
When you begin exploring internship resources is a good time to update or begin your resume. With assistance from a career counselor your resume will emphasize your skills and distinguish you from other applicants.
Your greatest success will occur if you are prepared, flexible, and aware that your personal actions will multiply your possibilities for benefiting from experiential education. Those who administer work experience programs can provide you with job leads and help you to develop the "tools" (resumes, letters of application, etc.) used in job campaigns. But they cannot tailor the "ideal" job for each student, nor can they conduct major job development campaigns on an individual basis. Your competitive position in the marketplace will largely be of your own making.
Experience during college may be gained in several ways: internships, work-study, summer and part-time work and involvement in volunteer activities. These programs have some features in common but differ in objectives, in the methods for student involvement, and in eligibility requirements. The advisors at the Student Success Center will help you identify the best option for you based upon your primary objectives for seeking involvement.
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