Did you know that internships are the best ways to explore a career? Whether you’re looking to learn the ins and outs of a career, develop specific skills for a job, or make valuable connections within the field, internships allow students to gain much-needed experience and get a head start on their careers. However, that first step toward your career can often feel intimidating, leaving students with more questions than answers. Fortunately, the Triton Advising Center and the Career Development Office are here to help.
Whether you’re a new freshman or an experienced senior, it’s never too late to start seeking career advice. Click the buttons to get in contact with the Career Development Office.
Benefits to an Internship
- Provide some confirmation or reevaluation of your career plans.
- Develop critical skills and soft skills that are much needed in a working environment.
- Provide a chance to network and develop connections within the industry.
- Develop a stronger sense of professional confidence.
Understanding the Internship Process
Our goal here is to provide a roadmap for students to prospective companies that are offering internship experiences. Refer to the table below to learn about the internship process.
Types of Internships
Below is a brief explanation of the different types of internships students can go into.
|Externship is a type of internship where you will be mainly shadowing an employee within a company.||No||No||1 day to 8 weeks, usually once a week for a few hours|
|Academic Internships are tied to specific courses offered at the University of Guam, usually with specific procedures that must be followed that are laid out by specific schools themselves.||Compensation possible through wage or stipend*||Yes, through evaluation process||1-6 Months|
|Non-academic Internships are not tied to any specific course and is managed directly by the Career Development Office.||Compensation possible through wage or stipend*||Possible, but must be cleared by professor before starting||1-6 Months|
Searching for Internships
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Typically, most students start an internship during their senior or junior year. Internship courses offered at UOG are naturally set up that way. However, there may be some opportunities to land an internship during your sophomore year, or an externship during your freshmen year. Check in with the Career Development Office for details!
Triton Career Connections has plenty aggregated articles and resources available to help students get some career guidance at their own pace. If you are looking for more in depth guidance, schedule an appointment with UOG’s very own Career Coach, Mrs. Sallie McDonald.