When deciding if an internship is right for you, there are a couple factors to consider such as, the benefits and how to get started. The following information should help you make a more informed decision and address many of the questions you may have.
Benefits to an internship
Internships offer many great benefits and opportunities to students who are looking for that extra component to complement what they have learned in the classroom. In addition, participating in the FAES Internship Program offers students the chance to keep track of their internship experience and gain valuable insight that will be extremely useful upon graduation and the hunt for a full-time position. Other advantages to the Internship Program are…
The FAES 200 course is a non-credited course, with a pass/fail grade. The FAES 300 course is a 3 credit course and a final grade will appear on your academic transcript. The Internship Program is fully recognized by McGill and industries as experience in the workforce.
Internships allow you to gain valuable hands-on work experience in your field of study.
Internships are a great way to make contacts and establish yourself in an industry and can increase your networking opportunities.
By participating in an internship, you can use it as a way to test the waters and see if your chosen field of study is actually what you want to focus on.
With the experience gained from your internship, this will help give you an edge in the job market, as you will now have practical skills to offer potential employers.
Internships are a great way to transition into a full-time position upon graduation.
- Registration in the Internship Program is useful to note when applying for jobs, as some companies like to see that you are being followed by a school program.
How to get started
Now that you have decided that an internship is perfect for you, how should you go about obtaining one? What are the next steps?
- You can start by consulting the Internship Timeline. This will give you an idea of what you should be doing on a month-to-month basis, in order to properly prepare for your internship search.
- Contact themehek [dot] mehta [at] mcgill [dot] ca ( Internship Officer) or visit the Internship Office (MS2-082) to have your name placed on the Internship Email Listserv. Additionally, by visiting the office, you will have a chance to sit down and discuss your internship interests and receive guidance about where and how to begin.
- Make sure to have an up-to-date resume. Students are able to make an appointment with the CaPS Office (located in the Centennial Centre) or use the online resume ‘how-to’ guide found on the CaPS web site for additional reference.
- Visit the CAPS homepage. It is a great resource and tool for you as a McGiill student. Make sure you check it out and get all the information you need. This will help you get started: http://www.mcgill.ca/caps/students/explore. Once you are done that, check out myfuture for available job postings, upcoming campus events, employer profiles and much more.
- Visit the Internship web site. Under ‘Internship Opportunities’ you will find a list of all the internships that are being offered through the office. Be sure to check back often as more positions become available.
- Visit the ‘Internship Experiences’ site and read about other Macdonald students’ internship experiences. Gather information about where they interned, as many companies and organization are always looking for future interns.
- Aside from the above mentioned sites, you can research on your own and look into companies that interest you. Read through their mission statements and see if they offer internships for the summer months. Then try making contact and inquire about opportunities within their enterprise. Send your resume and highlight specific attributes about yourself that would give you an advantage over the rest of possible candidates. Prepare yourself and read all you can about the company and any projects they might be involved with. Internships are competitive ventures; you want to ensure you have done your homework.
- Be sure to also consult the Internship Offices Network(ION). The ION offers several internship and fellowship opportunities administered directly through the Office : http://www.mcgill.ca/internships/current-ion-internship-opportunities
At any time during your internship job search, feel free to come by the Internship Office (MS2-082) or send an mehek [dot] mehta [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email) if you need assistance or guidance, help with an application, revision of a resume or cover letter or anything else.
Are there any restrictions for the Internship Program?
Within the FAES 200 & 300 Internship Program, the criterion that matters the most is ensuring that your internship placement is related to your studies. This is explained through the personal statement that each student must write prior to being admitted into the program. Other than that, your internship placement can be anywhere in world!
The Internship Program is available during the fall, winter and summer semesters. Therefore, should an internship opportunity arise and you decide to take a semester off to pursue it, you will be able to enroll in the program and have that indicated on your academic transcript.
Although the office can offer many services to support students, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to research and secure an internship that is best suited for his/her area of study.