Frequently Asked Questions
Question / Next
Where do I start?
The best way to start is to determine
your areas of interest. By completing the following
questions, you will develop a better idea on what
you might want in an internship.
1. What is your first choice
as to where you would like to work?
The obvious choice would be close
to home because you could stay with your guardians
and not have to pay for food, rent, etc. However,
in a lot of cases, there are not many chances for
internships close to home. Therefore, you might
consider other locations where you could stay with
friends, relatives, or other acquaintances so living
expenses could be shared. Why not identify
below a few areas that are not in your home town
Alternative #1: ________________________
Alternative #2: ________________________
Please consider exploring these
alternatives even if there are internships close
to home. As a liberal-arts college student,
broadening your horizons is always a good idea!
2. How many hours per week would
you want to work? ____________
3. Do you need to be paid for
these hours? ______ Yes ______
If yes, what
is the minimum hourly wage desired? $ _______
4. Do you want academic credit? ______
Yes _______ No.
If yes, begin thinking about
an academic advisor.
5. What, in general, would you
like to be doing during the internship? Oh,
no! The hardest question of them all! You really
need to focus and write a description of the internship
you are seeking. For instance, you might write:
“I would like an internship
where I could pursue my interest in sales for a pharmaceutical
“As a history major, I
would like to work for a museum or a historical preservation
You will notice that at this
point, you are not writing a complete job description
because you probably have no idea what a pharmaceutical
sales representative really does, or for that matter,
what specific tasks need to be accomplished at a
particular museum or historical preservation society.
The fine details will be worked out between you and
the organization once they have an interest in you
and they have identified specific tasks to be completed. This is where your proposal (if seeking
academic credit) will become very specific.
Do not sweat the details now,
because they will evolve as you progress through
the internship process. However, you are not
completely off the hook! Why? Because
it is now your time to answer the following question:
What, in general, would you like
to do during the internship?
So we are not accused of stifling
your creativity, you could add specifics if you already
know them. Remember, you probably do not know at
this point the specific job description so it is
perfectly acceptable to not fill in the following
lines, at least for now:
YIKES ! ! ! What if you
want an internship, but have no idea in what area? Is
all lost? Absolutely not! ! ! You might
begin with a visit to the Office of Career Services,
Internships and Leadership Development, where they
have personal assessment tests that measure your
likes, dislikes, and career interests. Another idea
would be to think about what class or classes you
have really enjoyed so far at Muskingum and then
ask some of your professors if they know of any internship
opportunities. Or, why not make an appointment
with Jackie Vascura, Director of Career Services or
Rebecca Delo, Assistant Dean for Student Life to help you explore possible internship
interests you might not even know you have!