Q. I can’t do a summer internship because I have family obligations. What other options do I have for doing an internship?
A. I admire your priorities. Don’t worry, there are lots of internships offered on a part-time basis throughout the year.
- Explore opportunities if you have a part-time job during the school year. Ask your employer about internship opportunities at work. You may be able to move to a different department or assume more responsibilities that will advance your skills. You may also be surprised to find that you can receive internship credit for your current job.
- Check into campus internships. Many departments, such as Human Resources, Communications, Alumni Affairs, and Admissions, use interns throughout the year. Your department may employ interns to assist professors or to work on special projects, which would advance your own knowledge in your major and increase networking opportunities.
- Sign up for a full-time, month-long internship—called the January term—during the winter break if your school offers such a program. Since many schools close for nearly a month at the holidays, it’s become an opportune time to arrange internships for students who can’t do summer, fall, or spring internships.
- Keep in mind that it’s not too early to apply for a fall internship. Most companies appreciate a 3-month or longer lead. Be the first to apply and get your internship lined up. Companies that offer a variety of internship opportunities tend to be flexible in hours and schedules.
P.S. Here are a few part-time fall and spring internships that might work for you:
Going to school in San Francisco? Try the deYoung Art Center.
In the Northeast? Contact Northeast Utilities.
Chicago? Get in touch with CBS 2.
In Washington, DC? Apply to the US Dept. of Justice—Community Relations Service.
Want a January term internship? Go to the International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership in New York City.
Any readers have experience in non-summer internships? We love comments!