How to take advantage of internship resources on campus

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Cecilia Robinson

Internships give students hands-on experience to develop and sharpen the skill sets learned in the classroom. They can provide connections, insight on the workplaces in different fields and experiences that can be used as lessons in one’s career path.

Georgia Southern University has resources on campus to help students find internships. Here are a few ways to benefit from them:

Career Services

Career Services, officially known as the Office of Career and Professional Development, not only has fundamental information about internships and co-ops, but also has a list of multiple search engines that upload internship opportunities for students.

Caitlyn Cofer, a career development specialist, explained that links such as Eagle Career Net and many others have special perks, such as:

  • An automatic legitimacy test before the internship is posted
  • Opportunities from companies specifically looking for GS students
  • Giving multiple opportunities based on your major and desired location

Career Fairs

GS has multiple career fairs throughout the semester. Some are even catered to specific fields like non-profit or STEM.

“[I would start by] attending the Georgia Southern’s Career Fair,” Nadiya Mallory, junior management major, said of the initial search for internships.

The weekly GS newsletters often announce upcoming events, like career fairs, weeks or days in advance. Towards the date of the event, there are usually flyers posted in the union, by advisement offices and other places throughout campus.

Don’t Stop There!

Cofer suggested that all students create LinkedIn accounts to keep up with connections. Additionally, the Office of Career and Professional Development has career development specialists like Cofer who can work with students one-on-one in looking for the right internship.