5 Questions for the Internship Search

by Stefanie Lucas-Waverly

Some of my most meaningful learning experiences took place during my graduate internships. Now is a great time to start thinking about your internship search for next semester and summer.

Here are a few questions you might want to consider as you begin your search:

1. What aren't you getting enough of in your current internship or
assistantship? For example, are you currently supervising students? Many entry-level student affairs jobs require supervision experience, and supervising students over the summer is a wonderful opportunity.

2. What projects or presentations have you personally created? Try to select an internship where you can create or add to a project or product so you have plenty of examples to share during interviews.

3. An understanding of multiple student affairs functional areas is
helpful to be a well-rounded professional. What functional area could
you benefit from leaning more about?

4. What type of institution might be a good fit for an internship? Do you only have experience at a large public institution? An internship at a small liberal arts college might be a good fit.

5. What are you looking for in a supervisor? Should he or she have many years in your functional area of interest or a deep knowledge in a different functional area?

Internships are an opportunity to try new things, so I would strongly encourage you to be thoughtful about your process!

Feel free to contact me on Twitter @Stefanie_Lucas with any questions. 

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