Internship and job shadowing experiences are great opportunities for students to gain career-related knowledge and work experience that extends their learning beyond the classroom. The setting may be a non-profit organization, a government office, or a private/public for-profit business. Internship placements may be paid or unpaid and may qualify for academic credit. These factors are determined by the employer and/or in collaboration with the student and university.
Why should I intern or job shadow?
Internships and job shadowing experiences give students the opportunity to learn more about their fields of study, develop marketable skills, expand their networks, build self-confidence, and increase their chances of being hired upon graduation. In addition, internships and job shadowing experiences are highly beneficial for students because they catch a glimpse into a company or profession, in order to make appropriate career and academic major choices.
How do I get an internship?
For internships, the process is similar to finding a job. You will need to get your resume and cover letter ready to go! You should do some research to find companies or organizations within your field of study that offer internships. A good place to start looking is on College Central Network, Cameron’s online job posting board. Word of mouth is another great way to find an internship. Visit with your professors and see if they know of any opportunities for you. If you still cannot find an internship, create your own. As with the job search, you can contact our Career Services staff for assistance. For more information, you can also refer to the Internship Handbook below.
How do I job shadow?
For Job Shadowing experiences, Cameron University offers the CU Opportunity Fair in the fall and a Job Shadow Meet & Greet Panel in the spring. In addition, individualized assistance is available by contacting the Office of Career Services.