Chatham University

The Internship Process: Where Do I Begin?

Before Finding an Internship

  • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss timing and the type of experience that supports your academic learning in your major or field of interest.
  • Begin search of internship opportunities in your area of interest using Handshake, the Internship Sites and Sources webpage, your networks and other career resources.
  • Schedule an appointment through the Career Development Office for additional assistance with your search and applications, and to start the internship process.
  • Develop resumes and cover letters tailored to the internships you wish to apply for, and have these reviewed by a career consultant before applying.
  • Schedule a mock interview with a career consultant prior to your internship interview.

After You Have Found an Internship

  • Find a faculty supervisor that will oversee your internship. Meet with them to confirm you have a relevant site, review your internship learning agreement learning outcomes and objectives, and review your academic project. For more information on the internship learning agreement and academic project click here: Registering Your Internship »
  • Register your internship for academic credit through portal and select your faculty supervisor as your instructor. This must be completed before the add/drop deadline. Visit "Registering Your Internship" for additional details.
  • Submit your electronic internship learning agreement through DocuSign before the add/drop deadline. For additional information on how to complete your learning agreement visit Registering Your Internship."
  • Sign up to attend an Internship Preparation Workshop on Handshake prior to starting your internship for academic credit (this is required for the internship course).

During Your Internship

  • Complete a pre-assessment evaluation. This will be sent from Career Development in your welcome email after your internship learning agreement is submitted.
  • Complete a mid-term evaluation- you will receive an email prompting you to complete this mid-semester.
  • Attend an Internship Reflection Group at the end of your internship experience.
  • Complete a post-assessment evaluation of your internship experience at the end of the semester.
  • Complete 40 hours of internship time for each credit you register for.
  • Maintain on-going communication throughout the semester with your Faculty Supervisor as listed on your internship learning agreement.
  • Submit your final academic project, as listed on your internship learning agreement, to your Faculty Supervisor by the deadline that was given to you.
  • Receive positive performance evaluations from your internship site supervisor.