It is important to assess your interests and learn more about various occupations through websites like O*NET, CareerInfo, CollegeGrad and Vault Reports.
While you evaluate your interests and different occupations, you will want to complete an internship to gain valuable experience into a particular field. It also allows you to make the career connections you will need to succeed in your post graduation career. Understanding the most common internship types and knowing how to prepare for an internship are key components to the internship search process.
Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Chronological: Presents work experiences in chronological order focusing on job titles and company name. Use when staying in the same field, job history shows growth, stable work history, impressive job titles.
Samples: Biology, Economics, Nursing
Functional or Skills-Based: Focuses on skill sets with accomplishments listed under skills heading. Use when changing career fields, minimal experience, have work experience not related to the job.
Samples: English, Chemistry
Combination or Hybrid: Utilizes some aspects of the chronological and functional formats. Allows the writer more flexibility in organizing a resume.
Samples: Ethnic Studies, Math, Economics
Action Verbs can help you create result-oriented statements to describe your past work experience.
A Curriculum Vitae (also known as a Vita or CV) is more detailed than a resume and is typically preferred in academic settings.
When applying for a job or internship, many employers will request a cover letter along with your resume. Cover letters are targeted one-page documents that highlight your writing style and include your most relevant experiences and skills. View a general cover letter format and other samples at CareerLab.
A potential employer may ask for references. Get permission before listing someone as a reference. A reference should be someone who can speak to your skills, abilities, professionalism, and potential (i.e., a past employer/supervisor, professor, coach). Avoid including any relatives or individuals you know in a social capacity. You should have a list available on a separate document.
Internship and Job Search
As you develop your documents, you will want to research opportunities. While you research opportunities, take a look at Bureau of Labor and Statistics to understand current employment trends. Learning about the general salary of an employee in your field is also helpful.
To find employment opportunities, visit Cyclone Career Central and some of our recommended search engines.
Academic Credit for Internships
Juniors and Seniors are eligible to receive academic credit for internships. If interested in receiving credit, follow these guidelines and fill out the Petition for Academic Internship Credit Form. Contact your Career Services advisor and bring in a copy of the Internship Learning Contract.
Deadlines for Academic Credit Internships is the same date as the semester's add deadlines (with the exception of Summer):
For Fall: Forms need to be submitted to the M Center by 09/11/13.
For Spring: Forms need to be submitted to the M Center by 02/05/14.
For Summer: Forms need to be submitted to the M Center by 02/05/14.
Networking is becoming increasingly important in the employment search. Being in contact with others in your field may assist you in getting internship and job referrals.
Join "Mills College Connections" on LinkedIn to connect with current students, alum, and friends of Mills College. It is helpful to know where some of our alums are now.
Interviewing is a skill; the more you practice, the better you will be at it. Start preparing by reviewing Typical Interview Questions and following the Top Ten Interview Etiquette Tips. Remember to follow up with your interviewer with a post interview thank you letter. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a mock interview.