Internships, in connection with your coursework and co-curricular activities, help to prepare you for the job world beyond college, where employers pay for your skills, capabilities, and performance. According to many studies, employers report that they value ‘soft skills’ or ‘transferable skills’ as much as – or even more than – field-specific knowledge, although technical skills are also important.
Whatever your major, your Arts and Letters degree offers strong grounding in many of these transferable skills. Internships provide opportunities to put them to work in the world, test your strengths, and find areas where you need further development. They help you to translate your classroom success into workplace success, and to more fully recognize what you have to offer. They also establish and expand your network, your knowledge of your own field, and your perspective on your post-graduation opportunities. It’s not uncommon for employers to hire interns after they graduate!
Prepare before you begin, by answering these key questions:
Is your resume complete?
Do you know the number of hours you are available to work?
Geographically where can you intern (can you relocate)?
Do you have transportation?
Where do you lack experience?
What type of experiences would you like to have?
What do you want to learn?
What kinds of duties would you like to take on?
Are you looking for a paid/unpaid internship?
How effective is your cover letter for the type of internship you’re seeking?
Consult with Becky Brewer at CAL Career Services, or talk with the CS program adviser or director to get started.