Analyze your skills and interests; examine academic and career goals. What kind of experiences do you want? What are your education, career and personal goals? What are your personal beliefs/values/work ethnic? What kind of organization are you looking for? What type of work environment do you prefer? How would you like to contribute? Define your limits-timetable for an internship (how long? when to begin and end? part time or full time?), geographical preferences, paid or unpaid.

First, you will want to take a look at the goals you prepared to see if the skills and interest you originally were seeking can be met in an internship. Next consider the importance of matching yourself and each internship opportunity.

Decide whether or not you want to do your internship for academic credit. If you do, follow the necessary steps to arrange for academic credit by taking with your academic department and /or faculty advisor.

To apply for most internships, you will need to have a current resume and cover letter customized for each opportunity you apply to.

For an internship, you would prepare yourself for the interview just as you would prepare for a job interview. You should expect to be answered traditional types of questions. Behavior-based questions and be prepared for all different types of interviews.

When an offer of an internship is extended. It is most often communicated through a telephone conversation. If an offer is extended in the form of a letter, a follow-up phone call will more than likely follow the letter.

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