Just like jobs, most internship opportunities are not posted, and the majority of students obtain their internships through making direct contact with the company. This means you can’t just browse postings to see what you’re interested in; you have to figure out what kind of experience you want to gain (and where) before you start.
- Get ideas by using the Career Center’s Internship Database to search through past internships. (From http://career.boisestate.edu, click on the “Internship Application for Academic Credit” link on the homepage and log in using your Boise State username and password.) Select your department and browse through the descriptions of internships other students in your major have done.
- Your internship should be as closely related to your post-graduation career goals as possible. If you don’t know your career goal yet, one resource to use in exploring your options is “What Can I do With This Major?” available from the Career Center homepage. You can also meet with a Career Counselor to take a career assessment and explore what type of career and internship you should be pursuing. Or, utilize the career planning resources in the Virtual Career Center.