Internships--Learn by doing

Looking for a way to 'learn by doing?"  Now might be the time to consider an internship program.

"A great internship can help you learn the industry skills that are most in demandA great internship can help you learn the industry skills that are most in demand..."

Use internships to get the best jobs

Each year thousands of high schoolers, college students and those considering career changes take advantage of internship programs.  Interns get on-the-job training, develop specific job skills, work with practicing professionals, and make life-long contacts. Internships can be found in almost all industries and nonprofit groups

Leadership lessons of the White House Fellows : learn how to inspire others, achieve greatness, and find success in any organization
Charles P. Garcia.
New York : McGraw-Hill, 2009.
Written by a former White House Fellow and bestselling author, this work extracts powerful insights into the nature of leadership and shares the secrets of successful leadership that readers can readily apply to virtually any field.
How to land a top-paying federal job : your complete guide to opportunities, internships, résumés and cover letters, application essays (KSAs), interviews, salaries, promotions, and more!
Lily Whiteman.
New York : AMACOM / American Management Association, c2008.
Whiteman works as career columnist for Federal Times and also writes for the National Science Foundation and The Washington Post. Here she advises readers on ways to find federal job openings; offers writing tools for perfecting an application; and discusses techniques for interviewing, negotiating a salary, and responding to an agency's decision. The application section deals specifically with writing to sell one's qualifications, mastering online applications, crafting resumes and application essays, writing cover letters, and waiting for a response. The appendix contains tip sheets for veterans and applicants with disabilities as well as formatting tips. The accompanying CDROM offers directories of internships and fellowships, and worksheets and templates for application tasks. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Internships through employment : the paralegal job hunter's handbook
Deborah E. Bouchoux, Susan M. Sullivan.
Frederick, MD : Aspen Publishers, 2008.
This handbook was designed to help newly-trained paralegals find employment opportunities through internships, and to provide advice on how to envision a practical career path. Bouchoux (Georgetown U.) and Sullivan (U. of San Diego) provide step-by-step instruction on how to craft a resume, respond to online job postings and interview for the position you really want. Ethics tips and website references are also included to help develop an employment strategy in this competitive field. Annotation #169;2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Ferguson career resource guide to internships and summer jobs
Carol Turkington.
New York, NY : Ferguson, c2006.
Each two-volume book contains four major sections: - Introduction and Overview: Provides forewords by notables in the field and an outline of the book- Essays: Features eight to 10 essays on topics such as workplace issues, financial aid, diversity, and more- Directory: Contains descriptions and contact information for hundreds of organizations, schools, and associations, arranged by topic- Further Resources/Indexes: Includes glossaries, appendixes, further reading, and indexes.

Competition for internships can be intense for good reason.  Businesses and organizations find effective internship programs help them identify good future employees.  For the intern, these programs can open the door to future employment with some of the most exciting organizations in the most fulfilling positions.  

Internship popularity

In 2003, IBM had 602 interns worldwide, hiring 70 percent of them upon graduation. 


Officials at government agencies in Washington D.C. report students wanting to do a summer internship may find all programs filled by January.

Finding the best internship program will take thought, careful preparation, and time.

To get started:

  • Decide if an internship program is good way for you to get academic credit, launch your career, or explore a new career
  • Discover available internship opportunities here in St. Louis, across the U.S. or around the world
  • Choose the internship program best suited to your interests and goals 
  • Prepare a winning application or resume and help you list it on the Web 
  • Get tips from current interns

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff