Internships: Earn Course Credit Hassle-Free

It is not too late to find an internship to obtain course credit. Utilize GGU’s available resources and begin your search today!

MS in Integrated Marketing Communications candidate Kamran Shaikh has scored an internship with 10Fold Communications, a notable PR agency. Shaikh urges students to begin their search sooner than later.

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Kamran Shaikh at 10Fold

“DO NOT wait until the very last minute to start looking for the internship, plan at least 5 months in advance. Especially students who have worked before and are looking to do their internship in the same area. Do not think that if you have experience it will be easy for you to find the internship. In fact, it’s the opposite, companies prefer interns with limited or no experience over someone who has industry experience.”

Nirmata (A SaaS startup) intern, Archana “Arch” Raja, is currently pursuing an MS in Marketing. The VP of Events for GGU’s American Marketing Association believes the best way to obtain an internship is to network.

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Archana Raja poses for a selfie

“Many told me that the more you let people know you are looking for internships, the easier it is to get one. I think I will tweak it a little. It is important you talk to the right people at the right time. Find events in your field that help you get closer to people inside the companies. I would say GGU is the best place to start. Take a break from just studying and be present at all events. It has proved to be very effective.”

Office of Career Planning Director Neepa Parikh sat down with Ageno to provide answers to any questions that may arise during your search. Before you create a strategy, check out Parikh’s interview below for resources and information on our internship policy.

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Neepa Parikh prepares to consult a student

How does the Office of Career Planning assist in the internship process?

The Office of Career Planning supports students in obtaining the skills necessary to be successful in both the internship and job search. We offer one-on-one appointments with career consultants, career development webshops on eLearning that cover a range of topics like resume writing and salary negotiations, and host several workshops and events throughout the year to get students prepared to put their best foot forward.

What can students do to increase their ability to be hired for an internship?

When an industry doesn’t have a specific recruiting cycle, obtaining an internship can happen year-round.  This is good news to students in fields including human resources, marketing, and finance.  Another benefit for these fields is that companies may be open to creating an internship opportunity upon request by a student.   In order to find an internship, students can grow their network of industry professionals, treat class assignments like real-world projects, consider leadership positions either on or off campus, and meet with a career consultant in the Office of Career Planning. In my experience, students who have the most success in obtaining an internship have taken advantage of the many resources and events that GGU has to offer.

What is the process for getting course credit for an internship?

Students looking to obtain course credit for an internship should first download the Step-by-Step Guide to Registering an Internship in GGU4YOU. Keep in mind that in order to qualify for course credit, the internship should provide you with substantial experience in your profession, which should supplement your classroom education. In other words, you shouldn’t spend the majority of your time on administrative tasks or fetching coffee. Prior to approaching your faculty advisor with the internship registration form, obtain a detailed offer letter from the employer so your faculty advisor has enough information to evaluate the scope of the internship.

For international students, what are the options to complete an internship during a degree program and after graduation?

The process for obtaining course credit for an internship while enrolled at GGU is essentially similar for both domestic and international students. The biggest difference is that the international student must pay attention to their immigration status.  This means that during a degree program, an international student needs to check in with their academic advisor to obtain the appropriate work authorization (CPT). After graduation, the student must be on OPT if they are planning to get a internship or job.  International students should attend the OPT/CPT information sessions and labs to learn more about this process as the student needs to apply for OPT months before being authorized to work.

Can a student complete an unpaid internship?

Students are able to complete paid or unpaid internships. That said, it is strongly recommended that employers pay at least minimum wage to stay in compliance with wage and hour laws. Whether or not an internship is paid, international students need to obtain a work authorization.

How can I connect with the Office of Career Planning?

Log in to http://www.ggucareers.com. GGU Careers will give students and alumni access to schedule career consulting appointments, review job and internship postings, register for upcoming events and access other online resources.  If students or alumni are unable to access their account, then email careers@ggu.edu

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