Internships and Other Career Experiences:
Important tools in achieving your career goals


Important Strategies To Achieve Your Career Goals 



Internships Add Value



  • Students can get direct on the job experience and gain practical work experience that complements their academic experience.
  • For employers it is a way to complete valuable projects and test-drive potential employees.
  • Employers like students because they bring energy, enthusiasm and new ideas to the table.
  • Employers use internships as a recruiting tool for new employees.
  • An internship is a chance for you to make sure your career goals and academic goals are in alignment.






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Internships Today Are Not What They Once Were


j0444381.jpg While traditional summer internships do still exist, there are many other internship-like opportunities that don't fit the old model.


Not all interns today are teenagers or in their early twenties. Students who have already been in the workforce for awhile are participating in internships. They may have been impacted by layoffs or are seeking a career change and are also using internships or other career experiences to gain that much needed edge in seeking new employment.


Let's take a look at some of the kinds of internships and other career experiences companies are making available today.

Internships And Other Career Experience Activities



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Reasons To Participate In An Internship Or Other Career Experience

You can't get a job without experience and you can't get experience without a job. The solution is to participate in some type of career experience. Here are some other important reasons:



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Establish Contacts And Begin Networking



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Additional On-The-Job Training

j0443220.jpg  Many employers offer other kinds of training during your time with them. Some examples might include:



Personal Growth




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Be A Winner




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When Should You Start Planning For An Internship?

The time to start planning is right now. Many employers begin recruiting months in advance of the internship start date. If you wish to participate in an internship next summer you should start planning the fall or winter before. If you are planning for a spring experience, start the process the prior summer or fall. You cannot begin the process too soon. Don't wait until the last minute. You will find in this case the early bird gets the work.



What Is The Process?

Just like a job search, a lot of preparation goes into getting ready for an internship. Here are some steps that should prove useful to you.


International Students

International students must follow established Curricular Practical Training (CPT) guidelines. CPT employment must be authorized and I-20 updated before work begins. Practical training is an opportunity for international students in F-1 status to participate in professional, temporary employment directly related to their academic program. Curricular Practical Training refers to an internship, co-op program, or practicum, undertaken prior to the completion of studies. The training must be a required part of the curriculum and the student must receive academic credit for the employment. The training cannot have as its primary purpose the facilitation of employment and must not delay the student's progress toward degree completion. Click on the link to the right for the guidelines and application.


CPT is not authorized for students who have completed their degree requirements or are not in good academic standing or "out of status". Students who have completed their degree requirements should apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). Click on the link to the right for additional details.


Be sure to visit with a representative from International Programs at Bellevue University for additional details regarding documentary requirements.


Internship Do's And Don'ts

Your career experience will be great because it will give you connections to people and the industry you might be working in. Please keep these do's and don'ts in mind.






Let's See What You Have Learned About Internships


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Contact Career Services



Career Services assistance is available free of charge to all Bellevue University students and alumni for any of the following:

Resume preparation

Job/internship search strategies

Interview preparation

Networking guidance


Contact us at:

Learning Commons, Freeman Lozier Library, Main Campus

402-557-7423 or 800-756-7920 ext. 7423