Welcome to Glendale Community College's Internship Program
For the Internship of your dreams, please explore this link: www.internships.com
What is an Internship?
An internship is pre-professional work experience that provides students, recent graduates, and career changers with opportunities to explore various career fields and interests. Internships can be part-time (most common) or full-time, paid or unpaid, and are offered by a wide variety of businesses and organizations. Labor laws state that students who are doing an unpaid internship must be receiving college credit. The duration or length of an internship can run anywhere between an intersession (5-6 weeks) to a full-quarter/semester (10-16 weeks) and/or summer (10-12 weeks) depending on the company. A typical intern usually works between 10-20 hours per week though this varies depending on the company.
What are the Benefits of doing an Internship?
- An Internship can help you narrow your career choices and focus your career goals. You can learn more about where you might like to work, or gain insight about a specific industry or career field.
- Internships can make you more competitive and marketable for full-time jobs and graduate and/or professional schools.
- Internships help you to apply what you learn in the classroom to the workplace.
- An Internship is a great way to build your professional network and “get your foot in the door” of a particular industry or company. You will meet people in the industry and gain professional contacts.
- An Internship provides you with the opportunity to gain valuable transferable skills.
- According to the National Association of College Employers (NACE), 70% of employers say that they hire their interns for full-time positions after graduation before looking elsewhere.
When Should I Begin to Look for Internships?
- Most Internship providers prefer students who have had at least a year of college (30 transferable units completed) before beginning an internship program. Internships in the fields of Accounting and Finance usually want students who are Juniors or who will start their Junior Year in College when the internship begins.
Where Do I Start?
- First explore internship opportunities that match your skills and career interests. If you don’t know what you are interested in, schedule a half an hour appointment with a Career Counselor in the GCC Career Center (SR 2nd floor) to help you identify things you have liked or disliked doing in the past, what you do well, what is important to you, and your career goals. Also search for internships that complement your academic major. Then determine 2-3 fields that match your interests, skills and values.
- Make sure to attend a Resume Workshop offered through the GCC Career Center and make an appointment to have your Resume reviewed by a Career Counselor in the GCC Career Center. Most internships require a Resume and Cover letter with your application.
Where Do I Find an Internship?
Internship listings are posted in the glass bulletin board located on the second floor of the San Rafael Building (near the restrooms). They are also listed in the black Internship Binder located in the Job Placement Center, San Rafael Building, 2nd floor. GCC faculty members also make great resources for finding internships. Internships in areas such as psychology, sociology, political science, and hotel restaurant management are best found through speaking to these faculty members.
Glendale Community College has partnered with MonsterTRAK to provide you with more job opportunities that fit your interests. Opportunities are available at www.monstertrak.com where you can search for opportunities you are interested in by location, major, industry and more. There are also a number of good websites to locate internships:
Besides those websites mentioned above, it is also a good idea to research specific company websites and type in the word Internships in their search box. Many companies do not list/post their internships on large internship/job websites. They know that interested students know to search their company websites for internship opportunities.