Internships for Students

A Student's Guide to Finding Internships

The biggest obstacle to landing that first good job is lack of experience. One way to gain that all-important work experience is to serve as an intern.  Competition is tough for acquiring an internship, but it is well worth the effort.

What is an Internship?

An internship is an opportunity for a student to apply classroom learning to a real world work experience while gaining valuable skills. Typically internships are paid and require the intern to work a minimum of 10 weeks and at least 15-20 hours per week. Many internship opportunities last longer and require more hours. They may be for a summer or for the entire year. The internship employer typically works around the student's class schedule. Internships often lead to full-time offers.

Who Can Be an Intern?

Internships come in all shapes and sizes. Finding the right “fit” is of utmost importance. Key to securing any internship is doing the research. The requirements for internships vary tremendously. Review the job description, qualifications and internship requirements. Research the company or organization to determine if it is right for you. If so, you are on the right track. You must do your homework.

Typically to qualify for most any internship a student must:

  • Be a currently enrolled student in good standing with the college
  • Possess the GPA required by the organization
  • Provide a copy of your current transcripts
  • Submit a resume, cover letter, and letter(s) of recommendation
  • Complete an internship application and other essential documents

How do I get started?

There are hundreds of internship openings across the nation and beyond. Most of these opportunities are highly competitive and offer a variety of workplace experiences. Start early! You will need to narrow your search to the locations of choice, the opportunities of choice, and the requirements--especially deadlines. Knowing where and how to look is key. Student Employment Services has numerous resources available for your search. Additionally, various academic departments have internship opportunities built into their curricula. These include: clinicals, externships, cooperative education (co-op), practica and field studies. Check with your department to see what is available and if you are eligible.

Contact us: Student Employment Services

Airport Campus: Student Center
Room 237
803.822.3321

Beltline Campus Student Center 
Room 239
803.790.7558

Student Employment Services (SES) at Midlands Technical College (MTC) and all employers they represent are expected to abide by the "Principles for Professional Practice for Career Services & Employment Professionals" published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Internship Search Engines:

Backdoor Jobs
BlackStudents.com
Career Campus Center
College Recruiter
Cool Works
EntryPoint.org
Hispanic Colleges/Universities
Indeed.com
Inroads.org
InternWeb.com
LinkedIn
Monster College
Monster.com
idealist.org
South Carolina Intern
Studentjobs.gov

Internship Companies:

AT & T
Allstate
BMW – Greer
Bank of America
Carowinds Internship Program
Deloitte
Disney
ETV
Ernst & Young
General Electric
Homeland Security
Intel
IT-ology
Internal Revenue Service
JC Penney
KPMG, LL P
Lockheed Martin
Lowes
Marriott
NASA
Nascar
Northwestern Mutual
SCANA
SC Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Tourism
State Farm
The Sherwin-Williams Company
U S Department of State
Veterans' Administration
Walgreens

Apprenticeships:

Registered Apprenticeships

Internship Other Resources:

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First Impressions
How to Prepare an Internship Resume
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Internship Etiquette
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Making the Most of Your Internship Tips for Intern Success
Off-the-Beaten-Path-Internships
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To-Dos for Landing Summer Internship
Top Ten Tips for Interns
Top Tips for Internship Success
Winning Interview Skills

Contact Us

Student Employment Services

803.822.3538
jobpost@midlandstech.edu

Job Boards Contact

Questions about job listings?

Full-Time and Part-Time Job Listings
803.822.3538
jobpost@midlandstech.edu

Fast Fact

89.4% of MTC graduates are employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation.

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