Policies & Procedures
WHAT IS AN INTERNSHIP?
An internship is a program that allows students and recent graduates to gain practical work experience with a company or organization. Internship programs vary widely depending on what kind of position the student holds, what type of company is hosting the internship, when and where it’s held, and what kind of compensation the student receives.
WHAT DOES AN INTERNSHIP DO FOR YOU?
Students seek out internships to gain valuable work experience and build up their résumés. Interns are not only more attractive applicants for future jobs, but they are also more equipped to handle the position’s responsibilities, period. Having met project deadlines, offered customer support, and handled interpersonal relationships in the work place, students coming out of internships possess more practical work experience overall.
Internships are also crucial to a student’s professional life because they afford chances to network, find mentorships, and attend events that broaden his or her understanding of the industry. With every new project comes an opportunity to learn. For students and new graduates who are tentative about pursuing a particular career, internships are illuminating trial periods that either stoke their interests or convince them to explore other options.
EXPLORE A CAREER
Pay attention to how the job feels. Is the work environment interesting, or exciting? Do you like the environment and the people working in this setting? Do you like the work tasks you will be doing once you enter the industry? Your internship should provide you with some insight as to weather this might be a satisfying and fulfilling field for you.
IMPROVE HOW WELL YOU DO AS A COLLEGE STUDENT
That’s right! You are likely to improve your college grades and level of achievement. This is how it works: A career goal is like a “chocolate sundae”. People tend to work harder when they know there will be a reward. In the same way, a career goal is like a chocolate sundae in that it motivates some people to perform better and to stay in school to achieve a desired goal.
Another way that an internship may improve your class performance, is that classroom curriculum may become more meaningful. Material that you are learning in class may relate to your internship assignments. This may help you see the value of your class lessons.
WHAT ELSE CAN AN INTERNSHIP DO FOR YOU?
PROVIDE REFERENCES: When you are an intern at a company, people get to know you and your work. They may take a personal interest in you and your career. When it comes time to look for a job, these individuals can act as references for you. They know the quality of your work, your work habits, and your interpersonal style.
MAKE CONTACTS FOR YOUR FUTURE: The people you meet at your internship are potential networking contacts. These professionals can introduce you to others in your field that may have opportunities that are just right for you.
LEAD TO A HIGHER SALARY: When you take time to complete an internship, you gain valuable experience. This experience can justify asking a future employer for a higher rate of pay than if you were applying for the job with no experience. You can explain to your future employer that you have gained specific skills on the internship you held and probably will not require as much training as somebody who has not completed an internship.
MAY TURN INTO A JOB: Some employers use the internship as a way to evaluate potential new employees. You can never assume that an internship will turn into a job, even if you are a wonderful intern, but it makes it more likely.
I’M SOLD! WHEN AND HOW DO I BEGIN MY INTERNSHIP SEARCH?
It’s never too early to participate in internship opportunities, as all students can benefit from the freedom of exploration and the increased marketability that internships provide.
Career Services maintains a Virtual Internship/Part-Time Job Board for students interested expanding their professional experience. If you are currently enrolled as a student at Flashpoint Chicago, follow this link to view listings and to remain updated on the available opportunities within your field. If you have questions regarding access to the board or about applying for a particular position, feel free to email flashpoint.careerservices@
The Career Services Department keeps track of students who take part in internships through Career Services assistance and independently. When you obtain an internship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org the following information:
- Your name
- Your discipline
- Your phone number
- Name of company where you have obtained the internship
- Company address
- Company phone number
- Start date & end date
- Supervisor name & phone number
CAN I RECEIVE SCHOOL CREDIT FOR AN INTERNSHIP?
Students can begin an internship at anytime and the duration of an internship is 132 hours usually within an 11 week period. It’s up to the employer and the student to determine a schedule that properly aligns with the student’s class schedule. Regarding school credit, since TF does not offer a formal internship course, school credit is considered for approval only if it’s required by the employer, or if the employer truly wishes for interns to receive school credit (even if it’s not required by the company). If school credit is not required, then students must pursue the internship on an independent basis without TF’s involvement.
If you secure an internship that requires course credit, please contact Career Services at: email@example.com and we will assist you with the appropriate steps to follow.
Cam Marshall – Film
“What I learned from my internship was how to work in a professional enviroment, and the type of company I want to work for in the future.”
Tristen Crow – Film
“The industry is so based off of who and what you know. That being said, internships are the perfect way to get both of those; knowledge and connections.”
Chloe Kegel – Film
“I have learned a lot of useful things about the industry and producing from my internship, but one of the things I’ve learned that couldn’t have been taught anywhere else is the importance and the power of positive collaboration.”
Addison Baena – Recording Arts
“I always send my cover letters and résumé to Career Services for review. Attending a couple of their workshops helped as well. Having those documents ready, lets me apply faster for any new opportunities that come up.”
Chris Witt – Recording Arts
“Interning is important to me because it shows potential employers that you’re serious, dedicated and passionate about gaining experience.”