One of the best ways students can gain a competitive advantage in the workplace is to complete an internship. Internships help students gain essential professional skills as well as business experience where knowledge from coursework can be applied to real world situations. The Belk College defines an internship as a supervised work experience in a business field, comprised of a minimum of 150 hours, with agreed upon learning goals. Business undergraduates have the option to earn academic credit for qualifying internship experiences related to their business major. Whether an internship is paid, voluntary, or for academic credit, it is an opportunity worth exploring, as many employers require some kind of work or business experience when hiring recent college graduates.
How to Apply for Internships
Step #1. Create a profile on Hire-A-Niner. Hire-A-Niner is the university's online resume and job database where UNC Charlotte students can view job openings for full and part-time jobs, internships, and co-op experiences. By publishing your resume on Hire-A-Niner, potential employers can view your credentials and you will have the ability to apply for jobs online and schedule both on and off campus interviews.
Step #2. Update your resume. Visit the University Career Center during drop-in hours to have your resume reviewed. You can also talk with your academic and career coach about polishing your resume. View more resume tips.
Step #3. Identify hiring opportunities. Conduct online research by visiting company websites, maximize your exposure to employers by networking both on and off campus, and monitor campus events for employer information sessions.
Step #4: Practice interviewing skills. Participate in a practice interview or schedule an appointment with a career advisor to work on your interviewing skills. Make sure you know how to dress and other interview etiquette.
Step #5: Apply and interview! Be sure to log-in to Hire-A-Niner on a regular basis to find newly posted opportunities and follow-up on submitted applications.