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Internship and Job Search

Internship Spotlight

Michael Seligman (Class of 2018) shared with us his internship experience with EY.

Summer Community Leaders Program

The Summer Community Leaders Program is an 8-week summer internship program. This program is co-sponsored by the Career Center and the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research. For more information, click on the link above.


Starting Your Internship and Job Search

Starting your search for an internship or job can be very exciting, but before you begin, it is important to develop a strategy.

Creating a Plan

Think about what you want to gain from your experience, your interests, the fields you plan to go into, skills you currently have and want to develop further. This will help narrow  your search to be more concise and tailored towards your specific needs.

After understanding what you wish to gain from your internship or career, examine open listings and see what common requirements are in your field of interest. Do many positions look for strong interpersonal skills? Writing skills? Proficiency in computer programming? By using the descriptions within these listings, you can tailor your resume to reflect those skills.

Some further important questions to consider in planning are:

  • Will you be receiving compensation for your internship? Academic credit? If you are receiving academic credit, remember to complete any necessary paperwork before moving forward (more information at bottom).
  • Are you able to balance work and academic responsibilities during the semester?
  • Do you have reliable transportation?
  • For jobs, are you planning on working part-time or full-time?

Although the criteria for opportunities post-graduation careers may be slightly different, the same principles of planning in advance still apply.

Lastly, the Career Center is an excellent resource to start your internship or job search with. Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor on LionsLink (powered by Handshake) to discuss how you wish to move forward in your career path.

Gathering Your Resources

After creating a plan and determining what sort of internships or jobs you want to apply for, it is time to gather your resources! This means checking if your resume is updated, knowing who you can contact for references and recommendations, creating a cover letter and gathering more information on different companies and organizations.

Applying for Internships and Jobs

An excellent place to look for internships and open positions is LionsLink! LionsLink, powered by Handshake, is TCNJ’s recruitment program that allows students and alumni to apply for positions online. This is a great start for your internship and job search.

Furthermore, look on LinkedIn for open listings as well. Building up your connections on LinkedIn and using that as a starting platform can open you up to thousands of available positions. After doing your research on what types of internships or jobs you are looking for, looking for opportunities can also be as easy as doing a quick search of your major or interest and “internship”.

Your school should also have plenty of resources on internships and jobs as well, so ask professors and faculty as well as look on the bulletin boards and websites for information.

If you know specifically which organizations or companies you want to work for, look on their websites for openings. A good tip is to also follow companies you are interested in on social media to see if they tweet or post about available positions or even events in your areas.

After figuring out where you want to apply, it is time to apply! Read what skills the position is looking for, what the job will require, and make sure your resume highlights those aspects! If you have technological skills and the position requires strong technological skills, include that in your resume! It will make you stand out when employers are reading your resume. For more tips on resumes, check out our Resumes page under Students/Alumni.

After your application, you may be asked for an interview! For more advice, go to our Interviews and Job Offers page.

Things to Consider and Know About Internships

If you are considering an internship during the school year, you will need to fill out an Internship Enrollment Form and submit it to the Office of Records and Registration.

Long-Term Internships

  • The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  • The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  • The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  • There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  • There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  • There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
  • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

Paid and Non-Paid/Academic Internships

If an internship is non-paid, the student should be receiving Academic Credit. Please note that if your internship is paid, a student may also receive academic credit, which may be a graduation requirement within their academic department. The Academic Department determines if the internship is meeting the requirements for credit. Upon approval by the Academic Department, students may complete the necessary forms found at Records & Registration. Non-Paid internships must meet the above criteria and will be reviewed by the Career Center Staff prior to placing in LionsLink, the online recruitment system.

Listed below are some resources from each of the schools to help you get started on your internship search.

Department of Labor and NACE Guidelines

Here are some general guidelines set forth by the Department of Labor and NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Department of Labor Guidelines

NACE International Students and Unpaid Internships

7 Points of Internship Compliance (for Employers)

Wages and Hours Fact Sheet (for Employers)

Available School Internships

On-Site Concerns

The Career Center is available to assist/counsel students experiencing difficulties at an internship site. Please contact the Career Center, x3111, and ask to speak with the Associate Director for Recruitment Services or email the Career Center at career@tcnj.edu for more information.

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