Anyone who goes through high-school and enters college with plans on studying for some sort of professional career such as being a lawyer, a technologist, a doctor, a business person, or a teacher should go through some sort of internship. A growing number of majors at Dakota State University require internships. Even if an internship is optional, it will provide valuable experience which will look very good to potential employers upon graduation and should be considered regardless of what you are studying.
Q: Can you (or DSU) find a job for me?
A: It is your responsibility to find a job which correlates to your major. However, there are resources available at DSU to assist you. Check out the Career Services Office as your first step.
Q: Will any job work for an internship?
A: No, you must have a job that strongly correlates with your major. Think of this as an opportunity for an entry-level position in your field. Who knows? It may be the start of a long-term professional relationship.
Q: How do I find a job?
A: After checking with the Career Services Office, you may need to do more legwork in finding a suitable job. Here are some suggestions: talk to instructors in your field of study, watch the newspaper, conduct an internet search, or network with others that are currently working in your field. The placement office can provide you with more valuable job search tips.
Q: I found a job now what do I do?
A: Complete the Application Request Form and the Information Form
- Have your work supervisor sign the Application Request
- Have your Academic advisor sign the Application Request (after your sup has signed)
This will show that your academic- advisor agrees that the work relates to your major.
- Bring the Application Request to the Internship Coordinator, Deb Tech, for signature (after all others have signed)
- Take the Application Request to the BIS office (East Hall)
- Register and make payment before the designated deadline.
Finding an Internship
Career Services offers interviews for internships that are on campus, which is good because then you can walk to your interview! You can also figure out who had the internship the summer or semester before and ask them what they thought about the experience. Fellow students or the career services people have a pretty good idea of what is available and what would be a good fit for you. The people who had the position previously are probably the greatest resource to help you understand the day to day activities and duties as an intern. You can have a good internship experience if you take the time and do your homework. It is important for you to present yourself as a valuable resource to the company you are interviewing with. You can find out information before the interview by talking to the person that had the internship previously and doing research on the company you are interviewing with. Go into the interview prepared with the look of a professional. Career Learning Services can offer advice on dress and interview hints.