Hometown: Southaven, MS
Internship: Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project at George Washington University
“I had a great experience with this program. It has helped me in so many ways to not only prepare me for this internship but for starting my career after I graduate. It was very stressful securing my internship but it was a good experience to have to learn how to be professional and successful.”
De’ Jour Fox
Hometown: Brookhaven, MS
Internship: Shadowed entrepreneurs and FIT faculty
“The Internship Experience provided some helpful ways to make myself a more marketable candidate for future positions. The courses have helped me have a more professional portfolio and also given me the training needed for interview settings.”
Hometown: Belden, MS
Internship: Wieloch Realty Group
“All the IE staff were such great help. My favorite part of internship preparation was the mock interview because now it is a lot easier to answer interview questions.”
Hometown: Columbia, MS
Minor: Legal Studies
Internship: Synapse, LLC
“Having consistent meetings with IE staff was very helpful in learning how to search for internships, how to approach companies and owners, and how to live in your city.”
Hometown: Madison, MS
Internship: Phillip Lim 31
“I feel like I got a lot done within meetings with IE staff, and I was always learning about something new whether it be tips and tricks to interviewing skills, new internship positions that had opened and life skills for when we make the transition.”
Hometown: Harvest, AL
Major: Public Policy & Leadership
Internship: International Association of Iron Workers
“This program helped me a lot because I was unsure of what a good resume or cover letter even looked like before I went through this program.”
7 Ways an Internship Can Up Your Game
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Having an internship gives you experience in the career field you want to pursue. Not only does this give you an edge over other candidates when applying for jobs, it also prepares you for what to expect in your field and increases confidence in your work.
Having an internship benefits you in the working environment, and it also builds your professional network. There is a 1 in 16 chance of securing a job by connecting with people, so networking is critical. Internships provide a great environment to meet professionals in the career field you want to pursue, as well as other interns who have similar interests.
Internships can provide students with the soft skills needed in the workplace and in leadership positions. In a LinkedIn Skills Report (2018), 57% of people rated soft skills as being more important than technical skills. Skills, such as communication, leadership, problem-solving, and teamwork can all be learned through an internship and utilized beyond that experience.
Depending on your major, you may read about how organizations thrive and function in textbooks, hear from guest speakers who talk about organizational structures, or dive into case studies about workplace culture, but nothing compares to living the actual experience. An internship helps you learn all about workplace culture, employee relations, and leadership structure, which should help you onboard in your first professional job with more ease than if you haven’t had professional experience.
Most organizations and jobs that you apply to following graduation want employees to have some sort of professional experience, even for entry-level jobs. In the event that you are a finalist for a position, lack of internship experience may make you less competitive. Having at least one internship on your resume before leaving college could give you a leg up on the competition.
Not only will you be helping out the organization you intern with, but they’ll help you out too. While professors and teachers will prepare you for the theoretical side of your field and hands-on projects, internships provide opportunities for receiving feedback from someone who works in your desired field on a daily basis. Act like a sponge and soak up all the information you can during your internship – it will benefit you in the long run.
While everyone probably wants to walk away from an internship feeling excited and passionate about the experience, there’s a silver-lining to be found if you didn’t enjoy the job: you’ll know what you don’t like. According to an article from monster.com, “figuring out what type of job you don’t want while you’re interning can help prevent you from accepting an ill-fitting job when you graduate.”
This is where The Internship Experience can help.
The Internship Experience (IE) at the University of Mississippi integrates work and study by coordinating a cohort of undergraduate UM students in Atlanta, New York, and Washington, DC. However, you can still take advantage of the resources on our website even if you hope to intern in a different city.
As you work to secure an internship in your field of study in these competitive cities, the IE staff provides key academic, social, and professional support.
In the Internship Experience you are able to earn academic credit while mastering the critical skills for securing your internship and positioning yourself for a successful internship experience.
- Develop effective internship search strategies
- Enhance resume and cover letter writing
- Learn professional communication
- Improve interviewing techniques
- Budget for internship expenses
- Explore intercultural topics
- Practice networking through an etiquette dinner and mocktail receptions
- Interact with Ole Miss alumni and past IE participants
- Craft an effective LinkedIn profile
- Gain leadership skills
- Develop internship objectives
- Communicate with staff weekly during internship
- Identify opportunities for performance improvement
- Analyze intercultural awareness
- Provide safe, secure housing in convenient locations in Atlanta, New York, and Washington, D.C.
- Review and revise resume post internship
- Articulate the value of your internship in cover letters to future employers
- Serve as references