Internships at Your Fingertips

Published on Sep 30, 2014

By Natalie Cardona '16

Why do an internship?
An internship will provide real-world experience in your field and will give you a chance to build your resume and portfolio for graduation. You are able to take what you learn in your classes at Columbia and professionally apply your knowledge and skills for an employer. The learning doesn’t stop in the classroom, an internship will open a new avenue for you to gain knowledge that will move you forward on your career path.

What kinds of internships are available?
The benefit of living in Chicago is that there are numerous internship opportunities for every major offered throughout the city. Whether you are unsure of your career path, or have an idea of where you would like to intern, there are internship coordinators for every department willing to help you search.

But will I have time?
An internship is a time commitment, but on average an internship lasts 15-20 hours a week during a semester. Internships can be part-time, full-time, paid, or for academic credit. If you don't have enough time during the school year, there are summer internship opportunities offered across the country.

The Next Step
The Career Center is a helpful resource in planning your internship, and ColumbiaWorks provides the opportunity to search through paid and unpaid internships in your major. Typically, academic credit is offered as compensation if the internship is unpaid. You will want to contact your internship coordinator for more details on departmental deadlines and procedures for academic credit internships. 

If you’re interested in the internship preparation services the Portfolio Center offers, log in to Oasis and click on the Make Appointments tab or call 312.369.7280.

For more information about your next step in the internship search, contact your internship coordinator, here.