What is an internship?
An internship is an opportunity for students to gain work experience in a field related to their studies. They can be paid or unpaid and are typically done in a student’s junior or senior year. The primary purpose of an internship is learning. It is a chance to experience what you have been studying in a real work setting.
Why do an internship?
Internships are a great experience. They give you the opportunity to develop marketable skills, expand your network, build self-confidence and increase your chances of being hired upon graduation.
How do I get an Internship?
Searching for an internship is much like looking for a job. You will need to get your resume and cover letter ready to go! You should do some research to find companies or organizations within your field of study that offer internships. A good place to start looking is on College Central Network, Cameron’s online job posting board. Word of mouth is another great way to find an internship. Visit with your professors and see if they know of any opportunities for you. If you still cannot find an internship, create your own. Find local businesses that line up with your field of study and call their Human Resources office to inquire about an internship opportunity. As with the job search, you can contact Career Services in the Office of Student Development for assistance at 580-581-2209.
International Students: Take the right steps
Below are a few helpful points for international students. To ensure all steps are completed prior to beginning the internship, please contact the International Office at 580-581-2838. If you are an international student, you must apply for Curricular Practical Training also referred to as CPT. In order to be eligible you must meet the following criteria:
- F-1 students must have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis for two required semesters (fall and spring) before becoming eligible for CPT.
- Students must be in good academic standing and currently enrolled full-time.
Curriculum Practical Training Requirements:
The CPT enrollment must be either required for the degree or for credit and part of the degree program in one of these ways.
- An internship is a required part of the degree program
- An internship is not a required part of degree program, but academic credit will be given for the internship and the credit will count toward degree requirements
- An internship is required to complete thesis research
- The internship is listed in the course catalog
Things to consider:
- If you want to receive credit, be sure to visit with your internship coordinator to make certain credit is available and that you follow the proper procedure to obtain it.
- Plan ahead and begin looking for internships up to 6 months in advance.
- Have your cover letter and resume reviewed by someone in Career Services.
- Apply for more than one internship to increase your chances and opportunities.