Internships are one of the key components to help develop students into professionals and make you more marketable in the job market. Life after Longwood happens quickly and it’s never too soon to get a jump on developing your professional skills.
At Longwood we recommend that by the time you graduate you should have completed at least three internship or related work experiences centered around your career aspirations. Securing internships early in your college career advances your chances for landing a job, developing professional skills, and expanding your professional network.
Internships are often part of the student's academic program at Longwood. Internships are seen as different from volunteerism or simple work-for-pay, such as after-class, part-time, or summer jobs. Because academic credit is awarded, academic departments may require additional class meeting times, outside readings, papers, reports, and/or projects.
Internship experiences can be both paid and/or unpaid depending on the employer and opportunity.
Ultimately, internships are like jobs in that it’s hard to get one just by applying. To land an internship that might have a competitive applicant pool, it often takes establishing connections and building relationships first. Conducting outreach with alumni is key to success. Here are two articles with critical information for internship seekers.
It is an opportunity offered by an employer to undergraduate students to work at an organization for a fixed period of time. Most Internships last between a month to three months depending on the time of year. Summer internships are the most popular, but internships can be offered during a university semester as well. Generally full-time internships are offered in the summer months. Due to COVID-19, more and more internships are being offered virtually.
The primary purpose of the internship is to provide an opportunity for students to work directly in an outside firm or agency, appropriate to the student's major and/or career interests, so that he or she may connect classroom learning to the work environment.