Classroom training is only a starting point in developing your ISAT career. The best way to learn about a profession it is to apply your education/training in a real-world context.
An internship is a good chance to determine if you like a company before committing to a full-time career. An internship also allows for an employer to learn how well you fit into the corporate culture, your ability to work both as a team player and independently, and your ability to grasp and work with new concepts, often under a degree of pressure normally not experienced on the campus.
Students who successfully complete an internship often receive offers of full-time jobs from their intern employers when they graduate. You may even be offered a part-time position while completing your senior year. This works well for the employer - it keeps you engaged with the company, increases your worth to the company, and, allows your continued growth in the professional world. An internship is a great way to discover the best career area for your personal talents and interests.
Internship experiences in the Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) program, allow employers, students, and faculty to work together to improve the education of the ISAT graduate. It is recommended that every ISAT student complete an internship.
What is an ISAT internship?
Senior projects and internships related to coursework is an integral part of the ISAT education. An internship experience is a training experience that complements your ISAT education and gives you an introduction to a specific career or field of interest.
When can I complete an internship?
Internships typically begin in early May and extend through mid-August between the sophomore and junior years and/or the junior and senior years of study.
Where can I internship?
Interns can work for any company that is willing to provide an acceptable internship experience. There is not limitation on the location, company size, or industry domain. Remember your internship should complement your ISAT coursework.
Will I get paid?
Most internships are paid positions, however, it is up to you to agree upon an acceptable salary with your internship employer. Many organizations, especially non-profit, offer unpaid internships, which are also a great way to learn and a way to contribute to the community at the same time.