Internships and Field Experience Information

At Marian, more than 95 percent of students gain valuable, applied experience in their chosen field of study. Internships are one way for students to gain experience before graduating. However, depending on your major, the hands-on experience that you will receive can take several forms:

  • Internship/Field Experience: Practical job placements for students in most majors. These experiences give students an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in a real-world professional setting. Internship opportunities are posted in the Career Services office, and are available on Purple Briefcase. Register and log in at the Career Services Website. Past internship employers are listed on page 6 of the Internship Guide listed below. Assistance in locating and securing internships is available by setting up an appointment with Career Services. Stop in or call 920.923.7161.
  • Clinicals: Pre-established placements for students in Nursing, Education, and Social Work programs that may begin as early as sophomore year. Students have the opportunity to work in a variety of different settings to gain hands-on knowledge. Contact your faculty advisor for more information.
  • Research: This provides an opportunity to work on a collaborative project with a professor at Marian or another institution, or with a professional in a laboratory environment. Contact your faculty advisor for more information. The Wisconsin Women in Government (WWIG) Undergraduate Scholarship program is designed to provide financial support for women who wish to pursue careers in public service, public administration, or governmental affairs. The scholarship is available to current college or university students who likely would have difficulty continuing their education without financial assistance. The purpose of the program is to make post-secondary education more accessible to women by relieving some of the financial burden. The Wisconsin Women in Government (WWIG) Undergraduate Scholarship program is designed to provide financial support for women who wish to pursue careers in public service, public administration, or governmental affairs. The scholarship is available to current college or university students who likely would have difficulty continuing their education without financial assistance. The purpose of the program is to make post-secondary education more accessible to women by relieving some of the financial burden.

Locating and Applying for an Internship

An internship allows you to test your career objectives, help you identify your talents, and direct you toward an appropriate career, while helping you acquire essential practical and professional skills you need in the business world. It also lets you see how well you fit into a specific company's culture.

But finding an internship takes some preparation. Before setting out to find an internship, ask yourself these questions:  
  • Where do I want to do an internship? My hometown? Out-of-state?
  • What type of work would I like to do? In what field?
  • What type of organization would I like to do an internship for?
  • What do I want to gain from an internship? What specific skills or experiences do I want to acquire?
 
Locating Opportunities

After you've answered these questions, you're ready to start searching for internships. Here are some suggestions for locating employers and internship opportunities:

  • Visit your career services office to help you locate other resources such as books, employer files and directories, and websites.
  • Create an account on Purple Briefcase to search for current internship listings.
  • Check with your academic or faculty adviser to see if your department maintains listings of internship opportunities in your field of study.
  • Attend job fairs. Employers often use fairs to identify students for internships as well as for full-time employment.
  • Visit the websites of companies where you might want to do your internship so that you can tailor your resume and cover letter to the employer.
  • Contact the Chamber of Commerce of the city where you would like to work to obtain information about local employers.
  • Network. Talk with friends, family, co-workers, supervisors, instructors, administrators, and professionals in your field of study, and let them know you are searching for an internship.

Applying for an Internship

Each employer has its own application process. Does the company want you to apply online? What is the deadline? What will the employer need from you to make your application complete? Start the process early. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Keep your resume to one or two pages.
  • Place contact information at the top of your resume. Include your name, address, email, and phone number.
  • Use an objective near the top of your resume that is general enough to encompass all the opportunities you would consider but specific enough to let the reader know what type of position you seek.
  • Your education section should include your degree, major and minor, anticipated graduation date, and name and location of the college you are attending. You may also want to include a list of related course work.
  • Describe your related experience using action verbs.
  • Visit your career services office for sample resumes and have a career counselor review your resume.

You will also need to write a cover letter to accompany your resume. Structure your letter along these lines:

    • First paragraph—State your purpose for writing-your interest in the internship opportunity and your education.

    • Second paragraph—Highlight your experience and personal qualities that you can bring to the position.

    • Final paragraph—This is your "action" paragraph. Ask for an interview and let the employer know how you plan to follow up. Include information that will help the employer contact you for an interview.

    • Close—Thank the employer for considering your application.

  • Make your cover letter reflect your personality and unique qualities while also showing off your great writing skills.  Proofread. Remember that you never get a second chance to make a good first impression.

Choosing an Internship

Your final task is to select the internship opportunity that is the best match for you. Review your goals for doing an internship and choose the opportunity that best meets those goals.
 
An internship offers many benefits, including:
  • Valuable experience. Many employers want to hire people who have experience and can step into the job and be productive right from the start.
  • Information. An internship will help you make contacts, get ideas, and learn about the field.
  • Practical application. You will have the chance to apply theories learned in the classroom to a real-world setting. When you return to the classroom after your internship, you will better understand the many nuances of business operations that relate to the theories you study.
  • In many cases, an internship can lead to a job offer.
Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
 
Internship Timeline

It's never too early to start planning for your internship. The total process-finding an internship and applying and interviewing for it-can take several weeks or even months. Here is a general timeline to assist you with the planning process:

Research Internships

(Three semesters before you want to begin your internship)
  •  Talk with your academic adviser and a career services counselor to find out what internship resources are available to you on campus.
  •  Write your resume and cover letter.
  •  Decide what you would like from your internship. Responsibilities? Compensation? Experience?
  •  Attend job fairs to find out about internship opportunities. 
  •  Start networking with everyone you know.
  •  Define where you would like to do your internship. City? Corporation? Industry?
  •  Start researching internship opportunities. Obtain general information about the company, internship programs, contact people and deadlines.

Apply for an Internship

(Two semesters before you intern)
  • Apply online or by whatever method the company requires.
  • Practice your interviewing skills. Schedule a mock interview with your career services office.

Interview and accept an internship or clinical

(One semester before your internship)
  • Complete an application for each company where you would like to intern.
  • Interview with employers.
  • Send a thank-you letter to each employer who gives you an opportunity to interview.
  • Accept an internship offer.
Good luck!
Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers

Internship & Clinical Links: 

 

 Past Internship Sites

 

For additional information including complete internship descriptions and how to apply, please contact the Career Services office.