Kimberly DelGizzo, Director
Eleanor Cartelli, Associate Director, Marketing & Communications
Jessica Fenerlis, Marketing & Communications Specialist
Has anyone (besides your parents) ever asked you: “What do you want to do when you graduate?” Or perhaps you’ve been asked that inevitable interview question: “Where do you see yourself in five years?” If you struggle to come up with an answer, an internship might be a good next step.
An internship provides you with a way to get hands-on experience in a particular field or industry of interest. If you’re interested in politics, try an internship at your local representative’s office.
It’s also a great way to see if something is NOT the best fit for your future. You may love your accounting class, but after an accounting internship, you could realize that you miss working in a collaborative, group environment.
Internships aren’t just for the summer. They are also available during the academic semesters and can be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid. Internships are also offered by all sorts of organizations – from fortune 500 companies to local nonprofits.
The best part? You may do an internship at any point while you’re at BU.
Maybe you’re majoring in biology, but aren’t sure about going the pre-med track. Try your hand at interning for a research lab. Always dreamed of being an award-winning director? Try an internship at a local news station or video production company. You’ll never know if something is the best fit unless you try it out.
There are many benefits to completing an internship, or multiple internships, while you’re at BU:
- Experience in greater detail what a full-time job in a particular field might be like.
- Strengthen your resume for future opportunities.
- Connect with others in the industry you’re most interested in pursuing. They may even help you down the road when it comes time to apply for a full-time position.
- Gain valuable skills and experience to carry with you wherever you go, including back at BU in a class or a student leadership role.
- Build confidence in your abilities. An internship may allow you the opportunity to lead a meeting, write a proposal, or travel to conferences; It’s excellent experience to add to your resume.
It’s never too early (or too late) to start looking for an internship. Many employers with formalized, competitive programs launch the selection process several months in advance. For example, some federal government programs recruit up to a year in advance.
But it’s not too late for you to start. Most employers start recruiting between late January and late March for summer interns. If you haven’t started yet, spring break is a good time to start your search. Still exploring what industry you’re most interested in? Take this time to do some research.
Ready to see what’s out there? Log in to BU CareerLink, BU’s online hub for career resources, including internship and job postings. Poke around, and see what you find.
Have questions about your internship search? Visit us at the Center for Student Services at 100 Bay State Road on the Sixth Floor. Attend our Landing an Internship workshop (check our calendar for dates and times) and check out more internship resources on our website.