The Gallaudet Career Center offers career development services to students preparing them for internships related to their majors. Approximately 80% of recent graduates reported completing at least one internship before leaving Gallaudet. In addition, 80% of those having internships said the experience helped prepare them for future employment in the real world.
What are the benefits of having an internship?
- Provide students with the opportunity to experience different work settings, explore different career fields related to their major, and develop networking skills.
- Give students the opportunity to try out a career choice before committing to it.
- Empower students to become more competitive in today's job market.
- Expose students to professional etiquette and ethics.
- Get students involved in planned work experiences where the student can learn about the work of an organization and the employer/employee relationship.
- Enhance students' resumes with diverse work experiences.
How do I find an Internship?
Before a Gallaudet student begins to look for an internship, a decision should be made whether the intern would like to complete an internship for credit or noncredit, paid or unpaid. Once that has been determined, the process of finding an internship is the same as finding a job:
- Meet with your Career Consultant to receive guidance and discuss internship options and procedures.
- Network: Let people know you are looking for an internship in your field.
- Research: Explore internship opportunities within Bison CareerLink, and on the internet. Do research on the internship site that interests you.
- Learn: Find out as much as you can about the organization by contacting other students, alumni, or employees who have worked there.
- Prepare: Update or create your resume and cover letter, obtain feedback from Career Center and practice interviewing.
- Apply: Submit your resume and cover letter to the contact person for the position. If necessary, follow up at an appropriate time.
- Internships can be paid or unpaid, for credit or non-credit, or for both credit and payment from the employer to the student for their internship experience. Please direct all internship questions and inquiries to your Career Consultant or come to the Career Center for assistance.
- Students can apply for a stipend for those internships which are unpaid. A stipend is to assist students with expenses incurred, such as lunch and transportation costs, while the student is on an internship. Housing assistance is provided for summer internships only.
Internship and Stipend Policies
Once an internship has been obtained, the student must complete an internship learning agreement form. Students should meet with their Career Consultant to obtain the learning agreement form. The form must be filled out completely and correctly and all necessary signatures obtained before submitting the agreement to the Career Center for final approval. Students can also obtain information from their Career Consultant about applying for stipend assistance if applicable. Evaluations will be completed by the student and the site supervisor at conclusion of the internship.
Federal Government Internships and Jobs for Students and Recent Graduates:
The Pathways Program:
The Pathways Program provides current students and recent graduates with a clear path to meaningful training and career development opportunities through federal internship and careers. The program includes an Internship Program, Recent Graduate Program and the Presidential Management Fellows Program. As a student or recent graduate, you can begin your career in the Federal government by choosing the path that that is best for you:
- Internship Program: This program connects current students with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school.
- Recent Graduates Program: This program is for individuals who have recently graduated and seek a dynamic, career development program with training and mentorship.
- Presidential Management Fellows Program: For more than three decades, the PMF Program has been the Federal government's premier leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. This program is now for individuals who have received an advanced degree within the preceding two years. For complete program information, visit: www.pmf.gov.
For more information about the Pathways Program, please visit the USAjobs website.
Workforce Recruitment Program
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a federal program that is managed by the US Department of Labor. The program's objective is to connect government agencies and private companies with college students and recent graduates with disabilities for internship and part-time/full-time job opportunities. The recruitment cycle, which includes online registration, application and video interview, begins each year in late August. Please check the Bison CareerLink in early fall for updates regarding the program. Information will also be posted on Gallaudet's Daily Digest. Students and recent graduates can learn more about the program by visiting www.wrp.gov.