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Earning Academic Credit
The majority of internships offered have the potential to qualify for academic credit at McNeese State University. To determine if an internship is eligible for academic credit, students must contact the academic department for their degree to learn more about eligibility requirements. In most cases, academic departments will grant credit only when an internship is directly related to a student's course of study.

If an internship is eligible for academic credit, it is the student's responsibility to apply for credit, enroll in the intnership course and pay tuition. Tuition is charged at the same rate as other courses. The employer may be required to complete a performance evaluation on the intern as part of the grading process. Regardless of whether the academic program affiliated with your major offers academic credit for the completion of an internship, completing an internship is undoubtedly beneficial for future career development.



What's in it for Me?
  • Hands-on career related experience and training by a supervisor with expertise in the field of degree study.
  • Exposure to a professional work environment.
  • Potential to earn academic credit while participating in an internship.
  • Prospective full time employment offer after completion of the internship.

Ready to Search?
An easy way to start is by watching your e-mail for notices of available internship opportunities targeted specifically to McNeese students. Also, post your resume on Cowboy Job Link. Search online for available internships that interest you and contact your academic major department to determine if the internship is eligible for academic credit. Also try networking with teachers, family members, former employers, coaches, friends, etc. regarding potential opportunities that may be available.


The Resume
In order to get an internship, a resume is essential. A resume is a written summary of your qualifications, portraying basic information such as education, work experience, credentials, organizations, leadership roles, and community service activities. The potential information to include is limitless, however it should be strategically organized into one-page. McNeese State University offers multiple resume-building resources

Cover Letter Tips
 A cover letter is presented to the employer in addition to the resume. The cover letter is simply an extension of the resume, providing additional information about your skills and experience. In some cases submission of a cover letter may be required by the employer, however regardless of being a requirement, a cover letter is an excellent way to portray the qualifications you possess that relate to the internship.

References
References are an integral part of  both applying for and being selected for an internship. Get a head start and carefully consider which individuals will provide the most meaningful information about you to the employer. Be sure to contact the individuals ahead of time and ask permission to list them as a reference. Employers generally expect three to five references. When preparing a reference list, include the person's name, title, company, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number. As a general rule of thumb, references are usually not provided until requested by the employer; however be sure to bring a printed copy with you to the interview.

Interview-Quick Tips
Here are some quick tips to keep in mind when preparing for an interview.

  • Be Prompt. 
Timeliness is extremely important when thinking in the mindset of an employer.
It is appropriate to arrive at least ten minutes early to the scheduled interview time.


  • Have Copies of Resume and Cover Letter.
Make sure to bring several printed copies of your resume and cover letter to the interview to offer each of the interviewers.

  • Dress For Success. 
Appearance is the first visual impression the interviewers will have of you.
Therefore take carefully into consideration not only clothing and accessory choices for the interview, but also personal hygiene.


  • Do Your Homework. 
It is somewhat customary for the company conducting the interview to expect the interviewee to have some knowledge on the everyday operations of the company. Thus, be sure to research the company prior to the interview and have some questions prepared for the interviewer.

  • Be Confident.
It is critical to be confident during the interview, being nervous is to be expected but do not let that overshadow the star that you are. 
However, be careful not to let confidence exude into arrogance.