BY BRYAN LUIS // MARCH 21, 2013 //
With spring break over, it’s time to start thinking about the summer- and not just your base tan.
On Tuesday, March 20, Curry’s Center for Career Development will host its annual Career & Internship Fair from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Student Center gymnasium. More than 50 companies—including the Castle Group public relations firm, the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Harbor Health Services, Moody Street Financial and TJX Companies—will be in attendance, looking for potential full-time and part-time hires, as well as undergraduate and post-graduate interns.
To be eligible for an internship, Curry students must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.75 and sophomore class standing; certain internships require an even higher GPA. In addition, students must have taken the 2340 EXP Introduction to Experiential Learning course, and whatever additional departmental requirements, according to Career Development Assistant Director Liz Deren.
Keep in mind, there are differences between a summer internship and a fall or spring semester internship. In the summer, students must pay for the academic credits on their own. It’s similar to enrolling in a summer course. In the spring and fall semesters, the credits simply count toward the full-time load students are already paying for.
Deren said students should stay in touch with their department’s internship coordinators. “Meet with them to help you through the process,” she said. Career Services can also help by connecting students to alumni and companies in the surrounding area that are hiring interns.
For next week’s Career Fair, Deren suggests students come dressed in interview attire, with copies of their resumes in hand. Career Services can help students prepare their resumes; appointments are necessary, though.
Just remember, as the “Great One” Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100 percent of the chances you don’t take.”