Career Development Center
West Chester University
According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) in 2011, internships are an increasingly important and valuable part of future employment and career success. Employers indicated they will get 40% of their new hires from their internship programs.
An internship is of tremendous value to YOU. It is a way to apply the skills and knowledge you are learning in the classroom and gain professional experience.
WCU manages internship programs through our academic departments. Visit the WCU Internships website to get in touch with coordinator in your department and learn more about the opportunities for your major.
Steps to Finding an Internship:
1. Visit the WCU Internships website to contact the internship coordinator in your academic department.
2. Ram Career Network is the new online, one-stop career portal for WCU students, alumni, and employers. Hundreds of jobs and internships will be posted weekly just for the WCU community; students and alumni will also be able to access state-wide and national networks of other jobs, all in one convenient location!
The PA State System universities are transitioning to this new system as a consortium (replacing College Central Network). We appreciate your patience as we finalize the transition to Ram Career Network. We anticipate the new system will be up and running soon for students, alumni, and employers to use. Please see our announcement about the new Ram Career Network.
3. Make an appointment in the career center to get an overview of other resources and strategies for finding internships.
4. Reach out to WCU professors, staff members, and alumni to get personal referrals and suggestions. Networking is one of the most effective methods of finding an internship! Look for WCU Alumni groups on Facebook and LinkedIn to reach out to alumni for advice and information. Look into professional associations' Web sites (e.g., American Marketing Association, National Association of Social Workers, etc.) for job and internship resources, as well as to network with their staff members.
5. Check out the Internship Directories in the resource room of the Twardowski Career Development Center: http://www.wcupa.edu/_services/stu.car/library/
6. Use Web sites that are internship-specific or industry-specific, to cultivate other leads: