all aboard the internSHIP!

Captains' LogsIn a voyage co-sponsored by the career options resource center (CORC) and the office of new student programs, the InternSHIP set sail on Monday, October 3 from 5-6PM in the Middle Room in the Dining Commons. Missed the boat? Never fear, mate, here are some highlights:

What Happened:
CORC staff members did an amazing job of carrying the theme through the whole event, from the fliers, to the Captains’ Logs, to decorating the space. The middle room was totally transformed (complete with sea life, waves, and portholes!) to get us all excited about the journey of hearing students’ first-hand accounts of their internship experiences. Six presenters, ranging from Division I to Division III, each had the opportunity to share highlights of their internship work, including details on how they found the opportunities, the application processes, and the ways in which CORC assisted them in securing an internship placement. Internship sites included an experimental city in Arizona, a wildlife sanctuary in Namibia, a Philadelphia-based social change-focused design studio, a mentoring program with a focus on reproductive justice for young women of color in California, and the five colleges!

What We Learned:
There are so many internship possibilities for Hampshire students, and CORC provides a number of great resources for students at all stages. From internship search databases, to cover letter writing, to interview preparation, CORC is with you every step of the way. Some presenters found their internship opportunities through CORC’s resources, while others were connected through faculty members at Hampshire and through the Five College Consortium. Others, including a Division I student and a transfer student, completed their internship work prior to arriving at Hampshire, but were eager to pass on their opportunities to others in the Hampshire community. The logistics around internships can sometimes be expensive, but many of the interns who spoke were able to secure funding to make their internship experiences possible through a number of different grant opportunities. Presenters spoke about funding possibilities through CORC, Community Partnerships for Social Change (CPSC), and the Entertainment Industry Internship Program (EIIP).

The best piece of advice? Start early for the greatest range of options. You never know what you’ll find!

Use These Resources:
Interested in starting your own internship search? Want to read more about these and other internship opportunities? Here’s how:

Questions? Want more details? E-mail us at newtohamp@hampshire.edu.