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Why do an internship?

Now more than ever, employers are highly selective about whom they hire. Virtually all hiring managers prefer to hire graduates who bring real–world experience to their organization. In very real terms, a degree alone may just not be enough to land your dream job. Internships do more than just look good on your resume. You can test–drive the career path that interests you most. You can build a network of professional and personal contacts; develop the skills employers are seeking; and build confidence, motivation and professional work habits you need to excel. Ultimately, an internship can get your foot in the door with major companies or influential organizations. More employers each year hire their interns as full–time employees after graduation.

When to start looking for and internship?

Many companies have formal internship programs and regularly advertise for these positions. If however, there is an organization where you’d like to work, but you don’t think that it has an internship program, be proactive about creating your own opportunity. It’s never too early to start planning. It is important to allow enough time to locate and apply for rewarding internships. Preliminary steps might include completing a self–assessment, speaking with faculty and advisers and reviewing the internship and career resources in the Career Center.

Appointments with the internship coordinator are available year round. Call (301) 696-3583 to schedule an appointment.

Hood Students have interned at a variety of organizations including:

  • Delaplaine Visual Art Center (ART)
  • Congressman Roscoe Bartlett’s Office (HIST)
  • US Department of State (PSCI)
  • Frederick County State Attorney’s Office (LWSC)
  • Maryland Ensemble Theatre (PSYC)
  • Sirius XM (CMA)
  • US Lacrosse Association (CMA)
  • Frederick County Office of Economic Development (ECON)
  • All Saints Publishing (MGMT)
  • PA Department of Environmental Protection (ENSP)
  • Hope Found, Inc. (BIO/CHEM)
  • National Institute of Standards & Technology (CS)

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