If you're a business student with questions about internships and how to get one, this is a great place to start!
If you have had an internship, but would like to work on a second one to broaden your experience, we will discuss how you work to achieve this.
Internships can be key to preparing you for your professional career. Students can make connections through internships that help to build their professional network. Some students even receive offers for full time employment as they near graduation.
Students can do internships as early as their freshman year. Some companies are open to students who are early in their academic program, while others prefer to target juniors and seniors.
It is never too early to begin exploring internship opportunities and we encourage you to start as early as possible in making connections with employers. The School of Business and the Career Services office provide many opportunities to network with employers and ask questions to learn more about their companies and the internship opportunities they offer.
Many companies recruit on campus once per year or do their heaviest recruiting during one specific semester. Some mainly recruit in the fall, for example. So if a student does not attend the fall career fair or take other opportunities to connect with an employer in the fall while they are on campus, they may not have another opportunity to connect in person with this company for a full year.
Even if you feel you aren’t ready to apply for internships yet, it is still important to network to begin making those connections now.
Get started today! Schedule an appointment with Michelle Serafino today.
How can meeting with the Internship Coordinator benefit you?
You may have heard the word internship and have a basic understanding of what this is. Regardless of how prepared or unprepared you feel you are, the Internship Coordinator will work with you and get started.
In your meeting with the Internship Coordinator, you will:
- Discuss your internship goals and areas of interest
- Discuss internship structures and employer and SBA expectations
- Prepare your resume to reflect skills and experience to help you pursue your first internship
- Explore resources to use to apply for internships
- Review how you can use LinkedIn to support you in your internship quest
- Review how to demonstrate professionalism and effectively communicate with employers about internships
- Discuss importance of networking events such as Career Fairs and Meet & Greets to engage with employers about internship opportunities
Benefits of completing internships:
- Gain valuable career-related skills in your area of study
- Learn professionalism and business etiquette in a an actual work environment
- Gain industry knowledge
- Gain confidence in your skills and future job prospects
- Build your professional network
- Learn about business operations and global partners
- Gain an advantage over applicants who don’t have internship experience
- Gives you the chance to try a career path or specific type of position to see if it is right for you
- Apply classroom knowledge
- Helps you transition from student to full time employee
Both programs offer opportunities for students to gain career-related experience and relevant skills, but there are a few differences between the two.
- Co-op positions are almost always paid
- Co-op positions are typically not for credit
- Co-ops are typically longer-term commitments spanning multiple semesters
- Internships can be either paid or unpaid
- Internships can be for credit, but some are not for credit
- Internships typically last one semester or for a set period of time agreed upon by the employer and student
Is there an advantage in doing one over the other?
- Is there an advantage in doing one over the other?
- Because both programs offer opportunities to gain experience and skills, one program is not necessarily better than the other
- A student decides which opportunity best fits their schedule and needs
- Each company will have guidelines and expectations for the co-op and internship experiences they offer
- If a student is able to do so, he/she can complete multiple co-ops or internship experiences. The more experience a student has, the more advantages and marketability they have with potential employers.
As part of the business school’s ACHIEVE program, students participate in many career and professional development activities and events. ACHIEVE aims to prepare students to be day-one professionals. Many students have a goal to complete an internship or two before graduation to help prepare them for the professional world. Students at any phase of the ACHIEVE program, can meet with the Internship Coordinator to discuss employer expectations, and how to search for and prepare for an internship.
With Oakland’s location in the heart of Automation Alley and connections to thousands of large and small companies, the right internship experience is ready when you are. Build your resume with quality internship experiences. Listed below are some of the employers who hire OU students for internships:
- United Shore
- Plante Moran
- Business Union Financial
- Federated Insurance
- Macomb Oakland Incubator
- PriceWaterhouse Coopers
- Altair Engineering
- Comerica Bank
- Northwestern Mutual
- Reply, Inc.
- Quicken Loans
- BAE Industries
- Northwestern Mutual