Internships are a great way to gain experience in your field of study while also receiving college credit. An internship is a pre-professional career experience with specific learning goals designed to help students acquire real-world practice and job-related skills. Internships may be full time or part time, paid or unpaid positions, and generally last between three and six months.

Why do an internship?

Students do internships for several reasons including, but not limited to:

  • Gaining practical experience in a particular career field
  • Increasing professional worth during the job search
  • Networking with industry professionals
  • Gaining regular employment with the internship provider or a similar organization following the internship
  • Applying skills learned in the classroom
  • Test-driving a career
  • Learning and adopting key concepts related to professionalism
  • Building confidence
  • Enhancing a resume or graduate school application
  • Acquiring academic credit

We encourage UVU students to complete one or more internships before graduation. Most UVU students complete internships during their junior or senior year. However, we also encourage students in freshman and sophomore years to complete exploratory internships. Internships are available for students of varying skill levels, and your advisor can help you to determine when an internship will best fit into your academic and professional plans.

Preparing for an internship

Resources to help students perform well throughout the job and internship search

Learn the do’s and don’ts of internships to make the most out of your experience:

Explore academic and career fields through the help of a career counselor in the Career Development Center:

Make the right impression on an employer during your interview through the learning and practice of interview skills:

Are you needing direction? Learn about the best career path for you discovering your talents and interests:

Develop your skills to aid you in demonstrating effective leadership:

Get details and dates for career fairs, information sessions, on-campus job interviews, and more:

Career Readiness

 

Career Readiness Competencies

Resumes

Below you will find some sample resume templates and some excellent resources related to resume building.

Sample Resumes

Sample Resumes

Resources

Resume Genius’ Action Verbs

195 Action Verbs to Make Your Resume Stand Out 

How to Use Bullet Points in a Resume 

22 Resume Bullet Point Examples That Get Interviews

Power Phrases to Build your Resume

Another resource is the counselors in the UVU Career Development Center. They can give you feedback on your resume, and even do mock interviews with you. You can make an appointment at this link. https://www.uvu.edu/cdc/students/

Networking

The following are some helpful trainings related to networking.  Networking is a vital skill for most industries. 

5 Steps to Build Your Career Connections

 

LinkedIn Learning 

 

Instructions:

 

1. If you do not have a regular LinkedIn account, you will need to create one before you can access LinkedIn Learning.   You do not need to use a uvu email for this task as this is your personal, professional account. 

2. Using your LinkedIn account, you will need to connect it to LinkedIn Learning.  Connect Account Instructions

 

Networking Trainings

 

Building Business Relationships

Professional Networking

Successful Networking

The Ultimate Guide to Professional Networking

Managing Your Professional Network

How to Network when You Don't Like Networking