Internship should be the culmination of your education experience as you prepare for your career. Rather than looking at “will this count?” it is better to consider if a proposed internship experience can provide you with the skills and competencies that will help you launch your career. Similarly, internship is about exploring new experiences to test out whether this is the career path for you.
What is your dream job? Is it in arenas? Community recreation? Event planning? Then, if there are other “criteria” that narrow your selection, you should identify those. For example, students will say things like “I have to live at home because of my budget” which then points them to a geographical region or “I want to work with kids” which helps to direct them as well.
After you have identified 2-3 criteria, set aside some time to begin reviewing your options.
Sources that offer advertise possible internship sites:
- The RPTM department "Internship Agency Master List" of past internship sites
- RPTM weekly digest which lists new opportunities and postings
- The internet…Google and other search engines can be a great place to start
- Career specific websites
- Professional organization sites (example: National Recreation and Park Association; Resort and Commercial Recreation Association)
- Career Jobs and career fairs
- Facebook – RPTM Alumni and Student Network
- Faculty in RPTM or faculty in other departments
- Visitor and Convention Bureaus
- Chambers of Commerce
- Other University internship sites
- Friends, relatives or other professional contacts. Use your connections!
- THE RPTM STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER team is your best resource for starting your search!
Remember that just because an agency is not advertising an internship doesn’t mean they won’t be open to having one on site. It never hurts to ask!