1) Discuss your learning goals with your faculty advisor, and/or the professor in your major who will sponsor the internship. Describe your goals for an internships, and ask what kind of internship they think might be personally and academically appropriate for you.
2) Develop a resume of your current and prior experience. Career and LIfe Planning (CLP) can help you compose a resume, and it is strongly suggested that you meet with a career advisor at CLP for this purpose.
3) Make a list of possible internship sites. Faculty will often be able to provide information on interesting sites, as well as contact information. CLP also offers a wealth of information on internship sites. CLP will also locate new internship sites according to student need, subject to the approval of the sponsoring faculty.
4) Once you have a list of possible sites, contact the appropriate person at the site to discuss the possibility of an internship.
IMPORTANT: Your faculty sponsor may wish to contact the internship site sponsor first. In this case, ask your faculty sponsor when they will be able to do this, and when you can approach them for the contact and follow-up information. This will help keep you on schedule.
In the case of new internship sites, CLP will make the initial call for you.
Finally, CLP will help you with any letter, email or phone call you yourself will make.
5) Visit the site. After your initial contact with the site, make arrangements for an interview with the internship site sponsor. CLP will help you prepare for this conversation. At the interview, find out as much as you can about the prospective internship, and find out who your actual supervisor will be.
6) Fill out the NEC internship contract with your faculty sponsor, determine how much credit you will be awarded for the internship, obtain all necessary signatures, and bring the completed contract to the Registrar. Keep a copy for your own records. Please make sure the contract gets to the Registrar prior to beginning the internship. You will not be awarded credit that is not recorded!