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 CareerLink.  This is the CDC’s online system and jobs database.  Log in with your Trinity username and password.  Search the “Internships for Credit” category for opportunities already approved for credit.  There are also “Internships not for credit” in CareerLink that may be of interest to you and could be approved for credit.  In this instance, however, you must contact Victoria Sandoval (victoria.sandoval@trincoll.edu)  in the CDC at least 10 business days prior to the paperwork deadline for the semester of your internship.  This is a firm deadline so that she has time to work with the employer to ensure that the internship meets federal Dept. of Labor guidelines and Trinity’s requirements for credit-bearing internships.  This process can take time, so the sooner the better.

b.       Trinity Internship Directory.  These are companies and organizations with whom the college has ongoing relationships regarding internships.  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 CareerLink and should have the entire directory merged by the end of spring 2015.  If an internship has been migrated you will see a notation of that on their Directory page. 

c.       You can contact almost any organization and inquire about internships. The easiest way to go about it is to call the main number and ask if internships are offered and if so, to be connected with the responsible person.  Many organizations’ websites have a staff page that gives contact information for employees – this is also a good place to look.  If you find an internship that seems interesting to you, please contact Victoria (see a. above) so that she can work with them to ensure that the internship meets federal Dept. of Labor guidelines and Trinity’s requirements for credit-bearing internships.  

d.      If you have exhausted these options and 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 by the means indicated in the CareerLink or Internship Directory listing.  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 do not hear back from the employer…

·   … after 3 business days, forward your original email back to the contact with a note, e.g. , 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.

·   … by 3 business days after your second email, call the contact by phone.  Leave message if s/he does not answer.

·   …  within 24 hours of leaving the phone message, email  Victoria Sandoval  for assistance.

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

4.       Once you have secured your internship start to complete the Internship Contract, which can be found under the Resources tab in CareerLink.  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 identify. Be sure the name and email address are accurate and legible.


5.      
Identify a Faculty Sponsor and discuss your internship topic with him/her. Think about your educational objectives and how you hope to achieve them through this internship.   Discuss the academic part of the contract: required written work, meetings, and criteria for evaluation  - with your faculty sponsor and then complete page 2 of the contract.  Any faculty member can act as a faculty sponsor.  A list of faculty who have expressed a willingness to act as a sponsor 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 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 Victoria 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 the Friday following the first day of classes.

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