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An essential part of your college education is getting work experience in your major or primary field of study. Internships help you build your résumé, get your foot in the door, make contacts, develop new skills and earn a little money while you’re at it.

Duration and Possible College Credit

An internship typically lasts for a few months in the summer or can have a six-month duration that takes the place of a fall or spring semester.

Some internships may count toward university credit. However, students should contact their academic department prior to starting an internship, so that all applicable paperwork can be correctly filed. Students may need to register for a course at ASU during the time they are participating in the internship.

Tips for Finding an Internship

  • Begin a summer internship search during a fall semester so that you have plenty of time to secure employment.
  • Visit with Career Development staff for help creating your résumé and cover letters.
  • Make a follow-up telephone call with each company or organization that you send a résumé.
  • Use all the resources available to you: the Career Development staff, job fairs, professional organizations and your personal network of contacts.

Starting a Search

ASU Career Development composed this list of internship programs that regularly work with college students.

Making the Most of an internship

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online networking

Networking can increase your chances of finding employers who are hiring. Listed below are some social media websites that may help you to expand your networking skills.

To learn more about using social media sites for job searching, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop.

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