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Job Experience, Fun, and Maybe a Little Dough: Why YOU Should Consider a Summer Internship!

by ericarunsamerica on May 22nd, 2013

Hey Stony Brook!

The spring semester may be over, but before you take a summer hiatus, consider the ways in which you can work toward your degree in the coming months…outside the classroom!

If you have not yet completed your undergraduate career (and CONGRATS to our graduating class of 2013, by the way), participating in a summer internship through Stony Brook is an INCREDIBLE opportunity to accumulate upper level credit, gain invaluable job experience, have fun, AND maybe even make a little money!

The Stony Brook University Career Center is an extremely helpful resource that you may use to find the internship that is most suitable for your academic needs and ultimate career goals.  It is definitely worth signing up on ZebraNet, a part of the Career Center, which will notify you of internship (and job!) opportunities perfectly suited to your interests and field of study.  The Career Center on campus is located (appropriately) in the basement of the Melville Library right at the end of the Zebra Path!  In addition, you may propose an internship idea of your own, if you have found an appropriate position.

There are a few things to consider before you apply for an internship.  If you meet the University’s necessary conditions and have found an internship that you are interested in, the first step is getting your internship approved.  Find an advisor or faculty sponsor (department head, etc.) who can guide you through your internship, assign your credits, and evaluate your work.  Once approved, you will perform your internship and any assignments your advisor may ask you to complete.

Summer internships can range the gamut from a volunteer gig in an art gallery as a docent, to a paid position in a wildlife hospital (that’s where I interned).  There are virtually an unlimited number of opportunities out there for everyone!

Often, many majors require at least some research, independent study, or internship credit (my own major, Environmental Studies, requires two credits of such).  However, a number of these “400-level” internship credits may also be applied to your total upper-level credit general education requirements.  During the summer, students can earn up to six internship credits

Putting in the effort during the summer, a time when many put traditional “school” on the back burner, is totally worth it! Gaining positive job experience and forging connections with professionals working in your field of study, moving toward your degree, having fun outside of the classroom, and—possibly—making money are all some of the highlights of summer internships.

Don’t miss out; get out and get looking for your perfect internship!

peace. love. run.


Me handling a red-tailed hawk used for education.

I spent a semester as a paid intern at a wildlife hospital, where I gained six upper-division credits.  In addition, I applied my final intern essay assignment to fulfill my upper-level writing requirement for the Environmental Studies major!

From → Erica

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