Women’s and Gender Studies Program
Finding and Coordinating the Internship
It is the student’s responsibility to identify an appropriate agency and organize the internship. Students may select an internship from the many possibilities available through the Career Center, develop placements through their own contacts, or simply identify an organization of interest and make an inquiry. When you select the agency, keep in mind your learning and career goals. You can also consult the book Internship Success: Real-World, Step-By-Step Advice on Getting the Most Out of Internships, by Marianne Ehrlich Green.
Once you have identified an agency (or several agencies) that interests you, call or email the agency’s contact person and arrange to discuss internship possibilities. Bring a resume that details your skills, abilities, interests, and goals. It is a very good idea to take your resume to the Career Center (https://careercenter.tamu.edu/) for feedback prior to sending it to a hiring manager.
You are also encouraged to learn as much as you can about the agency before meeting with them. This is a good practice for any job search. Please note that agencies may have their own requirements (training, prior experience, etc.) for interns. Be sure to contact the agency well in advance in case you need to fulfill any additional requirements.
When you meet with the contact person, ask about the kind of work they are offering, what the hours will be, and any special training they might offer. In particular, your work as an intern should be more substantive than making copies or other similar office tasks. You need to know who your on-site mentor/supervisor will be, and make arrangements with her/him for regular meetings. Your on-site supervisor is responsible for signing your Internship Application form and will be contacted