Frequently asked questions
What is an internship?
Internships are structured, supervised, and short-term programs in which undergraduate or graduate students perform tasks and duties within an organization in order to gain knowledge and experience. The internship is usually performed over the course of one semester, or during a summer or winter break. The student may or may not earn monetary compensation from the company and/or academic credit from the university. Internship programs should benefit both the student and the organization.
Who is eligible for an internship?
Currently enrolled students who meet an employer's hiring criteria may apply for an internship.The primary purpose of completing an internship is to gain career-related experience prior to graduation,build a future job reference, and benefit from networking and mentorship opportunities provided by the employer.With this in mind, students may apply for an internship with an employer at any time during their college career.In addition, students must meet internship course pre-requisites as defined by their major curriculum, and they must be selected for an internship by the employer.
Are internships paid or unpaid?
Most internships are paid. The rate of pay is determined by the employer. Unpaid internships must meet the standards set forth by the U.S Department of Labor. Most non-profit and government organizations qualify to offer unpaid internships. View the Department of Labor standards here - US DOL Fact Sheet.pdf
How do I find an internship?
It's not too late to line up an internship for the summer or next semester. Internships may begin throughout the year according to the intern employer's hiring needs. It is important to visit the McNeese Office of Career Services or use the Internship Programs link on our website to check out some of the best online resources we have identified for your internship search. Students should also post their resumes on Cowboy Job Link. Many local employers post internship opportunities as well as career opportunities on Cowboy Job Link. Students should also speak with faculty members in their academic departments regarding possible internship opportunities.
Start with the sites that let you search specifically for internships. Many sites such as Internweb.com, for example, allow prospective interns to build a profile and upload a resume. These sites also offer an advanced search feature which enables applicants to specify location, industry, job function, time of year and keyword. Our Internship page has links to many such sites.
Using the keyword search component of the major online job databases and searching for "intern" or "internship" is another way to generate internship leads.
Can I earn academic credit for my internship?
To determine eligibility for academic credit for internships, students should first review the course pre-requisites for an internship in their major, which are found in the Course Catalog on the McNeese website, and then speak with their academic advisor to determine eligibility and complete the application for academic credit.
When should I apply?
While we strongly encourage every student to plan ahead and conduct a serious job search to find the ideal internship in a career path you are interested in pursuing upon graduation, student's may apply for internships at any time. Some employers begin recruiting interns up to one year before the start date of the internship; however, many employers hire interns throughout the year. Interns may begin working at any time of the semester, according to the intern employer's hiring needs. The semester of academic credit is determined by the student's academic department.
Can I do more than one internship?
Absolutely! In fact, we strongly encourage students to do as many internships as possible. Internships represent on-the-job experience in your field of study, and career-related experience prior to graduation greatly enhances your resume as well as your job search upon graduation. In fact, data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers indicates that employers expect student's to complete 3-4 internships prior to graduation.
Note:The University does not guarantee the availability of Internships. The student is responsible for conducting a job search to locate a suitable opportunity for their academic major.
For any other query/questions contact:
Mary Kaye Eason
Mary Kaye Eason
University Intern Coordinator
Office of Career Services
McNeese State University
Box 90780 - SEED Center
Lake Charles, LA 70609
Mary Kaye Eason earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration degree from McNeese State University. She began working at McNeese immediately following graduation and has served as Director of Financial Aid, Instructor of Management and Marketing in the College of Business, and is currently the University Internship Coordinator. She is also a faculty advisor for several student organizations, including SHRM, the American Advertising Federation and Tennis on Campus. She is passionate about connecting students with opportunities as they transition from student to professional. In her spare time, Mary Kaye loves to travel and play as much tennis as possible.
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