Congratulations! You're taking the first step towards building your career by considering an internship as part of your academic experience.
Why do an internship?
- Evaluate specific companies or specific careers prior to committing to full-time employment—a "try before you buy" type experience with exposure to different job opportunities.
- Have résumé-building experiences while applying academic concepts and principles.
- Have hands-on opportunities to work with equipment and technology that may not be available on campus, and cultivate adaptability and creativity in a dynamic world.
- Ease transition from being a student to entering the workforce, and increase self-confidence in the workplace while developing an expanded network of associates and professionals.
- Increase marketability to employers. On average, only 30% of graduating seniors have job offers before graduation; however, after completing an internship, that figure rises to 58%.
- Facilitate a higher starting salary than non-interns. In a recent study interns received, on average, $2,240 more than non-interns for starting salary.
- Increase opportunities within a company for faster advancement and growth.
- Up to 3 credit hours
What is the process?
1. Determine what you want to do:
- What are your future career goals?
- How do you like to spend your time?
- What kind of environment do you work best in?
- Why do you want to do an internship?
- What do you hope to get out of the internship?
- Where would you like to intern?
ACCT/BUSA 4900—0 credit hours awarded, no academic oversight or faculty mentor assigned, tuition not assessed, reflected on academic transcript.
ACCT/BUSA 4903, CSCI 4910—academic requirements in addition to internship duties, responsible to faculty mentor, up to 3 credit hours, reflected on academic transcript, tuition assessed.
2. Find an opportunity, talk with the CFNG Internship Coordinator, and get approval for the placement:
Self-searches: what business are you interested in? Do they have a pre-established internship program? What business leaders have you dealt with who may need an intern?
CFNG: find out what companies are requesting intern placements
UNG Job Board
3. Complete documentation:
Have the company contact write a letter outlining the internship opportunity and expectations, similar to a job description.
Complete the Internship Learning Agreement Form
4. Communicate with CFNG Program Coordinator to recruit Faculty Mentor
Faculty Mentor will need to sign off on Internship Learning Agreement Form, and student will be registered for appropriate course.
5. Do internship and complete assignments
6. Exit Interview will be conducted through the CFNG office
How to get started:
To start the conversation, contact Elizabeth King, Program Coordinator with the Center for the Future of North Georgia, at 706-867-2505, or email@example.com.