24 January 2009

Know Before You Go

Got an interview? Or a phone interview? Know the basics about the internship before you reach the interview.

#1 Strategy: Read deep, meaning explore the web site of the agency thoroughly. Follow all links to learn the full story of the agency.

#2 Strategy: Read about the agency on other web sites. Run a search.

#3 Strategy: Read wide, meaning explore the general field. If your site is FEMA, there's a whole lot of information on the web about emergency preparedness. Become an expert!

If the Internet doesn't produce enough information for you, talk to a reference librarian. Just because college internship credits may not involve a lot of library time doesn't mean you cannot turn to the library for help!

The content on this blog is not offered as legal advice or guidance. Consult your college, advisor, or internship supervisor for help with issues surrounding internships. © 2009 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Dr. Bold is a co-author of the book Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. More about Dr. Bold can be learned at www.marybold.com

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