By Sarah Diaz, Director of the Professional Development Center
Doing your internship research can save you a whole lot of stress in the end. You want make sure your internship will be a real learning experience.
Here are some things to do to make sure your internship will be a worthwhile experience:
- Work through Eller’s Professional Development Center through your internship search. We have established relationships with employers and companies that we know provide an excellent experience. We can also help research and vet internships with you.
- Check out Forbes list of Best Internship of 2013, along with other credible rankings.
- Look for internships in established businesses with a clear hourly wage and work descriptions.
- Ask key questions of the employer before the interview.
- Speak to people within the organizations or students who have previously done an internship with that company. The PDC can help connect you to past interns and alumni!
- Researching the company. Glass Door is a great resource for this!
- Doing research on Google is another way to learn more about a company. Entering the name of a company plus scam is a way to see if there have been any reports about this company being illegitimate.
- Check out the Better Business Bureau will help identify companies where there have been legitimate complaints.
- Ask the company to provide you with a list of references. References from people they’ve done business with will provide a basic foundation on identifying if an employer is legit.