Each semester the internship coordinator holds a mandatory internship meeting for those seeking to intern for college credit. During this meeting questions are answered, additional information regarding internships are addressed, attendance is taken, and the internship website is reviewed. So, in case you missed the internship meeting, here are a few takeaways.
1. Review the internship website.
There is a lot of information available on the website that will answer several of your questions regarding the internship program at Georgia Southern. Do not let the text scare you.
2. Know the deadlines.
Internship application deadlines do not change. Deadlines are based on when you wish to intern. The most current deadlines are posted here on the website. Again, deadlines do not change, so view the website.
3. Complete the internship application in its entirety.
Although the application is a one-page document, several students either do not complete portions of the application or overlook the “attach resume” in large bold print. Although this application is processed in-house it is still necessary to complete it in order for the internship coordinator to move forward in determining IF you can intern for academic credit, and to ensure you get placed into the course to receive academic credit.
4. If you do not know, ask.
Despite the information on the internship website there are times when the rumor mill will run wild. Although your friends may have the best intentions they are not always correct. If you are unsure or someone told you something about the internship process that sounds odd, ask. Seek clarification from the internship coordinator, a public relations faculty member, or check out our website.
5. Securing an internship takes time.
There is no need to fret if its January, your seeking an internship for May, and no one is returning your email or phone call. In-house application deadlines were devised around the time frame that most businesses begin inquiring and/or hiring for the summer. They are not arbitrary, so its okay. If you are seeking an internship during a specific semester the internship coordinator will continue to work with you until you obtain an internship.
Of course many more things were touched on in the meeting and can be summed up by reviewing the website and the FAQ sheet. If you have not attended a meeting make sure you talk with the internship coordinator before the application deadline!