Why do an internship? Why are they so valuable?
Internships are a great way to enter the job market during your undergraduate years. Internships are short-term work experiences, typically full-time during the summer or part-time during the academic year. Internship positions may lead to a full-time position following graduation. Anyway you look at it, internships are a great opportunity for building your work experience, improving your resume, gaining professional contacts and putting cash in your pocket. In todays job market having one or more internships on your resume will give you an invaluable competitive edge.
When do I need to apply for a summer internship?
The earlier the better. Often students apply late in the year and wonder why they get no offers. There is certainly no rule but many companies start to plan for summer internships 6 months before the summer. So start that ball rolling.
How do I find out more information on Internships?
Internship positions for ChemE's that we are aware of are emailed to students.
Rutgers Internship Network
The Rutgers Internship Network is now on-line. The Rutgers Internship Network consists of two on-line databases: internship listings and student resumes. Students can apply directly for internship positions that are listed. In addition students can enter their resumes on line and may be contacted by interested employers. The Rutgers Internship Network is a cooperative venture between Career Services-New Brunswick and JOBTRAK, the nation's largest computerized job listing service. To get more information go to Career Services, and click on Internships, and then click on Rutgers Internship Network. Career Services also organizes a Internship Career Day annually. Career Services can also help you with your resume and cover letter as well as many other aspects of your internship search.
Research Positions at Rutgers ChemE
Many Rutgers Chemical and Biochemical Engineering students are employed over the summer as research assistants in the department. Speak to individual faculty members about these opportunities.
Applying Directly to Companies
One way to apply is to send a resume and cover letter to a company that you are interested in. The best way to do this is to send the letter to the director of the division that you are interested in working for. If you don't have this information then just send the letter to the Director of Human Resources. Career Services-New Brunswick (in the Busch campus center) has binders that describe many of the large companies in the U.S. and these binders contain the addresses of the directors of human resources. In addition the company web sites may have the information you need. Career Services has links to many of the major companies in the U.S.
Your Resume and Cover Letter
Career Services-New Brunswick (in the Busch campus center) has a lot of information on preparing a resume and cover letter. They offer personal assistance, and also have a lot of printed material and on-line info. Begin the process early as it may take numerous iterations to get your resume into good shape.