Career Development Center
West Chester University
According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) in 2011, internships are an increasingly important and valuable part of future employment and career success. Employers indicated they will get 40% of their new hires from their internship programs.
An internship is of tremendous value to YOU. It is a way to apply the skills and knowledge you are learning in the classroom and gain professional experience.
WCU manages internship programs through our academic departments. Visit the WCU Internships website to get in touch with coordinator in your department and learn more about the opportunities for your major.
Steps to Finding an Internship:
1. Visit the WCU Internships website to contact the internship coordinator in your academic department.
2. Look at College Central Network (CCN), West Chester University’s official resume and job posting service. Employers post internships for students in CCN on a regular basis. You can upload your resume and then apply to internships directly online.
3. Make an appointment in the career center to get an overview of other resources and strategies for finding internships.
4. Reach out to WCU professors, staff members, and alumni to get personal referrals and suggestions. Networking is one of the most effective methods of finding an internship! Look for WCU Alumni groups on Facebook and LinkedIn to reach out to alumni for advice and information. Look into professional associations' Web sites (e.g., American Marketing Association, National Association of Social Workers, etc.) for job and internship resources, as well as to network with their staff members.
5. Check out the Internship Directories in the resource room of the Twardowski Career Development Center: http://www.wcupa.edu/_services/stu.car/library/
6. Use Web sites that are internship-specific or industry-specific, to cultivate other leads: