Remember, internships and part-time jobs can help you:
- Gain skills needed to be successful after graduation
- Meet people that may help you get your next internship or a job
- Get your foot in the door to increase your chances of getting hired
- Draft a resume and cover letter. Attend a resume workshop if you need more assistance.
- Check MySpartanCareer listings for internships and part-time jobs.
- If you are seeking an internship for credit, check with your college's internship coordinator.
- Use meta-search engines like Indeed.com.
- Meet recruiters at career fairs and information sessions.
- Practice Proactive Job Search Strategiesto find unposted positions or establish a new program with an organization.
Schedule an advising appointment to learn more about getting help.
Internships offer invaluable experience within a workplace, and are very marketable on a resume. Listed below is the contact information for the Internship Office within each department.
Jennifer Rumler 183 Communication Arts & Sciences
Phone: (517) 353-0666
Communication & Health Communication Graduate Internships:
Please see the Chair of your Graduate Committee (adviser) for guidance.
Advertising and Public Relations:
Janice Bukovac 325 Communication Arts & Sciences
Phone: (517) 353-6576
Lori Dickerson 343 Communication Arts & Sciences
Phone: (517) 353-5110
Media and Information:
Valeta Wensloff 411 Communication Arts & Sciences
Phone: (517) 432-5669
International Internship Coordinator: Janet Lillie
Jobs And Internships Checklist
Although securing a job or internship is not a linear process that is complete once you've done all of the necessary tasks, there are steps to take that improve your chances of getting what you want.
- Identify your interests. What do you like to do? What are your skills? What are your goals? How can this be applied to the workplace? Consider using an assessment program such as Choices/Bridges or O*Net. Career advisers can help, too.
- Research. Look for organizations that fit your interests and skills. The following tools can help you investigate: MySpartanCareer/WetFeet Guides, career events, and your personal network.
- Identify target organizations. Narrow your list to a few companies that you are especially interested in working for. Intensely research what they're looking for in an employee and think about how you could fit with their needs. Look online, use your network, and think critically about what you find.
- Work on your personal network. This can really help you gain access and insider information to organizations. Consider former employers, friends, and family members who work in the field. You could also ask about our alumni information program, attend a career event, or contact professors who are especially experienced. Remember, 75-80% of available jobs aren't listed anywhere!
- Update your resume and cover letter. Try to modify them for each application. Draw upon your most relevant experiences and consider the skills, qualities, and content knowledge the employer expects the ideal candidate to possess. CAS Center for Careers and Internships can help!
- Follow-up. Call and ask meaningful questions: Is there any additional information that I can provide to help you with your decision process? Don't ask, 'did you get my stuff?'. Figuring out what to say will be easier if you understand to the organization and its culture prior to the application process.
- Practice for interviews. The most well prepared candidates are ready to talk about their personal ability to contribute using specific examples to show that they fit within the organizational culture. The interview is not a test you need to ask questions, too. Try to figure out if this is a good fit for you. Note: Appearance does matter. Get the appropriate attire before your interview and arrive at least 15 minutes early.
- Accepting an offer. Your first job or internship may not be your dream position, but it may be a necessary stepping stone. For example, interning with a minor league sports team in an out-of-the-way town may lead to a more prestigious position with your favorite major league team. All offers will have advantages and disadvantages. As former students have discovered, your offers may not all come at the same time, so you may need to take a risk and accept or decline a position before you've heard from all of your top picks. We're here to help you with this process.
- Choices/Bridges Planner- Ask for login instructions in the CAS Center for Careers and Internship in room 181 or in 113 Student Services. Helps you assess and examine your interests, work values, and beliefs about your work skills. Also offers information about recommended occupations.
- O*Net- Gives occupational information and evaluates your key attributes and characteristics to give you relevant career ideas.
- Career Advisors-http://careernetwork.msu.edu Meet with you one-on-one to help you determine where you are in the job/internship process. Whether you're not sure what you'd like to do, or you need help identifying key companies, schedule an appointment online.
- CAS Center for Careers and Internships Peer Advisors -http://www.cas.msu.edu/advising/careers/drop-in-hours Peer Advisors are available to help review your resume and cover letter, offer assistance with Handshake, and give you valuable resources to advance your search.
- Handshake-MSU's predominant form of online recruitment and job-related information. Search for job and internship listings, as well as informational sessions and workshops.
- Career Events Calendar- Check this calendar online to find information, times, and locations for career events and fairs.
- CareerSearch-Log in to Handshake, click on the 'Jobs' tab, then 'Other Resources' Search through almost 10 million contacts by industry, geographic location, and keywords to find potential employers and relevant information.
- Service Learning Center-Search and apply for opportunities to help the community while getting field experience.
- Outside Job Boards-Try meta-search engines such as Indeed.com to get free access to millions of opportunities listed on major job boards, newspapers, associations, and company career pages.
- MSU CAS Careers 181 Twitter Group
- MSU CAS Careers 181 Facebook Group-Join to be connected to other students and share information about opportunities you've come across or places to find jobs and internships.
Drafting A Resume And Cover Letter
Once you know what kind of organization and position you are pursuing, your job search can become easier, but creating professional documents tests your ability to clearly relate your skills and experiences to specific employers.
5 Common Resume & Cover Letter Blunders
- Incorrect grammar usage or spelling errors
- Poor descriptions of relevant skills or omissions of relevant experiences
- Lack of cover letter or unclear connection between resume, cover letter, and the job sought
- Confusing or hard to read format/style
- Missing/Incomplete Contact Information
If you think you are committing one of these five blunders or don't think your resume and cover letter quite hit the mark, check out these resources:
Resume workshops offered on campus. Review the schedule
MSU Career Passport - Print copies available in locations across campus, including 190 Comm. Arts (Advising Waiting Room), 6 Student Services Building (Career Development Center), and the library.
Career Advisors - You can schedule an appointment to have a professional review your resume/cover letter and discuss your job search plans. If you are starting your first resume, it is best to begin a draft or create a master list of all experiences before meeting with an advisor.Share via these networks: