Arrange Your Internship

Here is a list of things you need to do to secure an internship.  Any matriculated undergraduate, with the exception of first-year students, may complete an internship during the fall and spring semesters. Summer internships can also be arranged, but students are responsible for tuition fees determined by the number of credits taken.
 
  1.  ​If you are beginning to search for an internship, there are a variety of resources you might consult:

a.       Trinity Internship Directory.  These are companies and organizations with whom we have previous relationships.  By and large, they have been vetted and we know their internships meet our standards.  The directory is arranged by subject and you may need to look in more than one area to find all the possibilities.  Please note: we are migrating these listings to

b.      Trinity CareerLink:   Our online system and jobs database.  Log in with your Trinity username and password. We encourage you to spend time getting familiar with the system and personalizing your profile in order to maximize all it has to offer you.  Search the “Internships for Credit” category for internships approved for credit.  There are also “Internships not for credit” in CareerLink that could be interesting to you and could be approved for credit but you must contact Victoria Sandoval in the CDC at least 14 days prior to the paperwork deadline for the semester of your internship so that she can work with them the employer to ensure that the internship meets federal guidelines and Trinity’s requirements for credit-bearing internships.  This process can take time, so the sooner the better.

c.       You can contact almost any organization and inquire about internships. Take a look at their website and you can usually figure out who to contact.  If you find an internship that seems interesting to you, please contact Victoria (see above) so that she can work with them to ensure that the internship meets federal guidelines and Trinity’s requirements for credit-bearing internships.  This process can take time, so the sooner the better.

d.      Beyond these options, if you need assistance finding an internship, Career Advisors in the Career Development Center are happy to help you.  Please visit Trinity CareerLink to set up an appointment.

2.        Contact the individual(s) associated with your internship(s) of interest.  You should include a current resume in any introductory emails you send.  If you have not met with one of our career advisors to maximize the effectiveness of your resume, please review the Resume and Cover Letter Guides available in the Documents section of Trinity CareerLink for assistance.  Please visit Trinity CareerLink to schedule an appointment. If you run into any issues, please email careers@trincoll.edu and we will respond as soon as possible.

a.       If you do not hear back from the employer…

                                             i.       If you don’t get a response to your email after 2 business days, forward your original email back to the contact with a note, Dear XXX, I wanted to follow up to make sure you received my email below.  I remain very interested in talking with you about interning with YYY and would welcome the opportunity to do so at your earliest convenience.  Thank you for your consideration.

                                           ii.       If you don’t get a response to your second email after 2 business days, call the contact by phone.  Leave message if s/he does not answer.

                                          iii.       If you still don’t receive a response within 24 hours of leaving the phone message, contact Victoria Sandoval for assistance:  Victoria.sandoval@trincoll.edu 

3.        Some internships will require an in-person interview and it would be to your advantage to get that done ASAP even if it requires a special trip to Hartford during the summer (re: fall internships).  Some internships and particular fields are very competitive so the earlier you get things together, the better.  In some cases, you may be able to do an interview via Skype.

4.       Once you have secured your internship start to complete the Internship Contract.  Fill out Sections I, II and III on page 1. Give full names, titles and addresses.  Letters and evaluation forms will be sent to the Field Supervisor you name. Be sure the name and email address are accurate and legible.

5.       Find a Faculty Sponsor and discuss your internship topic with him/her. Think about your educational objectives and how you hope to achieve them.   Agree with your professor on the academic part of the contract: required written work, meetings, and criteria for evaluation and then complete page 2 of the contract.  Any faculty member can act as a faculty sponsor.  It is best that their area of expertise coincide with the academic aspect of your internship.  A list of faculty who have expressed a willingness to act as internship sponsors can be found here: Directory of Faculty Sponsors

6.       Section IV of the contract describes the academic component of your internship.  Enter the information you have discussed with your Faculty Sponsor and formulated into your learning objectives. This is an agreement between you and the professor about what you will be working on, so please make it as complete and thoughtful as possible.

7.       Section V and VI of the contract requires signatures from your Faculty Sponsor, his/her department chair and your Field Supervisor. If you can get original signatures, please do.  Alternatively, scans or faxes are acceptable.  If there is no way for you to get actual signatures, please have both your faculty sponsor and his/her department chair email me with their approval.

8.      Bring or email the completed internship contract to Victoria Sandoval at the Career Development Center  no later than the given deadline (earlier is preferred).  Victoria will review it and, if all information is complete and acceptable, she will sign it and send a copy to the Registrar.  Again, emailing scans of the internship contract is fine.  victoria.sandoval@trincoll.edu. The deadline is typically five days after the first day of classes.

9.       Give copies of the contract to your Faculty Sponsor and Field Supervisor.  Keep one for yourself.