Internships & other Career-related Experiences
One of the best ways to learn about careers and gain new skills is through hands-on experience. You can learn more about yourself, the career you have chosen, and additional career options by participating in one or more of the following opportunities:
- Job shadowing
- Part-time, career-related jobs
- Fellowships or other temporary employment after graduation
Job Shadowing allows you to get an up-close look at career, employer, or even an industry that interests you. You “shadow” a working professional as s/he goes through a normal day on the job. Job shadowing may last a couple of hours, a half day, or an entire day. Opportunities can be found informally through networking or more formally through informational interviews.
Volunteering provides you with real work experience. You are expected to pitch in and work with staff members. In addition, volunteering is usually a longer commitment, such as 5 or 10 hours per week throughout a semester or even an academic year. Check out Community Engagement for volunteer opportunities.
The primary objective of an internship is to provide you with a professional, entry-level work experience to enhance your academic curriculum. You will apply the knowledge and skills you learned in the classroom. In addition, you have the opportunity to gain professional competencies on the job, such as specific software proficiencies and communication skills. You may want to earn university credit for your internship through the Internship Program.
Part-time, career-related positions are similar to internships in that they allow you to gain hands-on experience but they differ in that they continue for longer than a semester or academic year. As with internships, you should expand your knowledge and achieve higher skill levels.
Fellowships are opportunities for recent college graduates to continue their education through practical experience. Fellowships are granted by government agencies, colleges and universities, and many non-profit organizations and often last from 1 to 2 years. Many are grant based. While some fellowships are posted on DuqConnection, students can learn more at Duquesne Univeristy's Office for National Fellowships. In addition, students should also search for organizations that offer fellowship opportunities that match the student's interests.