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 Internship Guide


    The value of a solid internship offers many benefits: work experience, on-the-job training, networking, professional contacts, a plus on your resume, and maybe even a job offer. Internships are career-based learning experiences that involve a “real world” work environment and standard workplace expectations.      

     An Internship is:

    •  Relatively short term – may be anywhere between a few weeks to a semester.  
    • Paid or unpaid – internships are often unpaid due to the limited time-frame involved, the reduced expectations due to the increased learning opportunities, and the nature and type of business. Experience gained from an internship can outweigh the lack of pay. An internship is a career investment.  
    • Variable in schedule – interns are enrolled students, so the schedule varies based on the intern’s availability.  
    • Can be project-based – internships often focus on a specific project and may involve a class assignment (paper, presentation, completion of a class project).  
    • Career-specific and related to the student’s program of study and/or career interests.  
    •  Adjustable in expectations – compared to a “regular employee,” expectations for an intern may be adjusted based on course-work the student has completed and the student’s learning objectives for the internship.

    An Internship is NOT:    

    • Provided at the expense of or in place of a regular or potential employee.
    • Provided at the expense of or in place of a regular or potential employee. Equivalent to a part-time job because part-time job learning is generally limited to specific tasks you perform and may not relate to your program of study or career goals.
    •  A “break” from class because you are expected to put your best effort into an internship in order to get as much as possible out of the experience.  
    • The “dumping ground” for tasks not wanted by others. Internships provide challenging experiences that enable you to apply what you’ve learned in your courses and add to that knowledge through experience.  


    The first thing is to ask yourself what industry you want to work in. Make a list of possible companies in the sector, and try searching online for others that you might not have heard of before. Many companies field applicants from job boards. Undergraduate COB students may take an internship for academic credit (3 credit hours). Students first find an internship opportunity and apply for the internship via the academic advisor.

    1. Use LinkedIn to hunt for internships, build a profile and reach out to everyone you know, especially professional contacts. Get people you’ve worked for to write you recommendations on Linkedin and include volunteer work.

    To search for internship listings, go to the jobs tab at the top of the page and put “internship” in the search box. Then refine your search by filling in the boxes on the left side of the page. Unfortunately you can’t filter for paid or unpaid positions but LinkedIn will instantly see which of your contacts works at a company or knows people who work there. Also, college students often ask their parents to search their own LinkedIn networks for contacts.

    2. Glassdoor gets its internship listings from several sources, including company websites, partnerships with job boards and directly from employers. It offers an instant way to search for salaries, company reviews and job descriptions.

    3. Easy to search by company

    4.Graduateland.comSpecializes in connecting students to prospective employers and has a wide variety of internships posted daily.

    5. The world’s largest student-focused internship marketplace. Select by City, Category, Company, and even summer only. Provides useful tips on cover letters, resumes, interviewing, and others.

    6.  Local internship opportunities.

    7. Google:  Google can provide other job board options and access to company sites


    • Contact the Office of Career Services to have a cover letter and resume reviewed ( 708-235-3974).  
    • GSU resources:  
    • Email Announcements for Open Internships
      (Career services will send out opportunities they get or that come through the college via email eblasts)
    • Career & Internship Fair on Campus or via Professional Associations  
    • Jobs for Jaguars (Online via GSU Career Services)  
    • Some are by invitation based on GPA or other criteria (we will contact you)  
    • Find a company that interests you; reach out directly  
    • Professional Networking; Attend professional association meetings or networking events to meet professionals in the field that may lead to invitations to share your resume (e.g., Illinois CPA Society, APICS, AITP).  


    COB Internship Guide

    COB Internship Guide


    COB Internship Application Process

    COB Internship Application Process

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