Written by CORC student worker, Brittni Hayes F09
For many, November signals the start of the holiday season and a time to begin reflecting on the past year while preparing for the new one. However, amidst all the holiday cheer, it’s easy to forget the winter months also bring about the start of another noteworthy time: internship season. While most application deadlines don’t occur until after the first of the New Year, listings begin going up around this time and it’s always advisable to get a head start on things.
Helping your college student in the internship process may seem like a daunting task, which is why CORC is here to help. Hampshire’s Career Options Resource Center (CORC) offers career and internship counseling, resume and cover letter guidance, and interview preparation to get students on track in getting the internship of their dreams. As parents, guardians, and other significant individuals in the lives of Hampshire students, you may be wondering what you can do to help.
Familiarizing yourself with the information available on CORC’s website (corc.hampshire.edu) is a great place to start. There, you’ll find information on a wide range of topics including: finding an internship, acquiring housing, funding, academic credit, etc. If your student is stuck and unsure of where to start their search, advise them to check out CORC’s internship databases, Hamplink and the Nationwide Internship Consortium (NIC). Combined, the two databases house thousands of internships with a variety of compensation levels (i.e. paid, unpaid, stipend, housing, room/board, course credit). Additionally, these databases allow you to search internships using a variety of criteria including location, compensation, and employer.
Realistically, the prospect of searching high and low for a full-time, unpaid internship may not seem like the most appealing task for either you or your Hampshire student. However, rather than seeing the internship search solely as a path to financial stress and burden, draw your awareness to the many fellowships, grants, and scholarships offered through Hampshire and outside sources (http://www.hampshire.edu/corc/2662.htm). Remember to pay attention to deadlines, on both internship and grant applications.
While the process of finding an internship (and any combination of funding and/or housing) may seem overwhelming, keep the benefits in mind. Internships are great resume builders, networking opportunities, and career experience. Encourage your Hampshire student to seek out available opportunities and to use CORC as a resource. Remind them CORC offers in-person and phone counseling with our four great career counselors, in addition to online resume, cover letter, and interview guides. Additionally, all of CORC’s services are open to alums after graduation!