Obtaining an Internship
The Career Center can help you plan for a deeply rewarding internship experience. Our staff can help you research internships that match your interests, prepare your resume, hone your interview skills and help you make the most out of your experience. Follow these steps to prepare for the best internship experience possible:
1. Complete your profile in KnightLink
KnightLink is Clarkson’s primary online career resource. By creating a personal profile on KnightLink, you can search for and apply to internships, manage on-campus interviews, and see upcoming internship events and information sessions. Every Clarkson student automatically receives a KnightLink account, but it’s up to you to build your personal profile, upload a resume, and take advantage of KnightLink’s powerful networking and search tools. Be sure to indicate your interest in internships by checking the box in your “work type” preferences. That way we can contact you about upcoming opportunities, open positions, resume collections, internship workshops, employer visits and other campus events.
2. Visit the Career Center
The Career Center is on the second floor of the ERC and is as terrific resource for making the best internship match. We have access to updated industry guides and internship databases to help you identify and target both regional and national businesses. Karla Fennell, our associate director of co-ops and internships, is available to meet one-on-one with students to discuss their goals and internship interests. To arrange an appointment, please stop by the Career Center or call 315-268-6477.
3. Apply and interview
You can apply to many internships right in KnightLink. These are positions that are expressly targeting Clarkson students. You can also apply directly to companies that you found through the Career Center, Career Fairs, at campus networking events or online. If you are selected to interview, be sure to conduct a “mock interview” with a Career Center representative, as well as attend the interactive interview skills workshop. Don’t forget to follow up with a “thank you” email that re-expresses your interest in the internship.
4. Meet with your academic advisor
Your academic advisor can help make sure that your internship will help to satisfy your professional experience requirement by reviewing your job description and laying out key objectives for your time in the professional world. They may also have additional paperwork, papers and other assignments for you to help you document your experience.
5. Fill out the Internship Program Application
Congratulations! You’ve been offered an internship position. To ensure that your internship is documented by the Career Center, you will need to submit an official Internship Application to the Career Center. This will help to make sure that you are reminded of important evaluation deadlines and help provide documentation for your professional experience.