What is one of the best ways to get your foot in the door of your chosen career field? An internship — a culminating experience at a work site with a qualified professional mentor.
Appalachian State University emphasizes this form of experiential learning because it helps you:
- demonstrate your skills;
- expand your competencies; and
- network among industry professionals.
Such opportunities can be crucial in landing that first job out of college or getting accepted into graduate school.
“This is a chance for students to prove they know and can do what they’ve learned in class,” said Sharon Jensen, associate director of Appalachian’s Career Development Center. “It’s also that important step in learning how to research potential employers, submit a resume and interview for a position before they graduate.”
Below are a few examples of how Appalachian students have found, applied for and succeeded in their internships.
Find an internship
Appalachian’s Career Development Center offers the information you need to get started.
Campus Career Events
From internship fairs to resume clinics, career boot camps and more, Appalachian hosts a variety of events to make you career ready.
Internship is a cross-disciplinary term for a culminating experience in your field with a qualified professional mentor. Some academic disciplines use other terms:
- Field experience
Often associated with social work and other helping professions
Typically associated with the medical professions
- Student teaching
Reserved for teacher preparation
A cross-disciplinary term for mini-internship or pre-internship that may rely more on observation than performance