Resources on Interning

List compiled by Jesse Kraft (MAAS Student):

Dudley, Julie C. and Elaine Razzano.  “Insights for Interns:  Recommended:  The Internship.”  The English Journal 89, no. 1 (September, 1999), 29–32 [Available through JStor].

This article highlights the importance of an internship, especially for one who wishes to enter the teaching profession. It also provides relevant advice for interns regarding the various roles, functions, and assignments that an internship must fulfill.  An important point stressed within the article is the lifelong connections that one will make during an internship.

“Fact Sheet #71:  Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.”  United States Department of Labor.

This “fact sheet” by the U.S. Dept. of Labor provides critical legal insight into internships, including information regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act,
definitions of what qualifies as a paid internship, and other issues.

Fritsch, Jane. “Word for Word/Washington Guidebooks; Some Tips on Surviving an Internship Without a Grant of Immunity – New York Times.” New York Times, June 20, 1999.

This article offers useful advice for those interested in interning in Washington, D.C..  Written in the wake of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, it refers to the “Congressional Intern Handbook” and is geared specifically towards an intern who will be working with a Congressman or Senator.

Harris, Kendall. “From the Experts: How to Get the Most Out of Your Internship.” The Signal, September 4, 2012.

This article shows the importance of the college or university playing a role as intermediary between a company/institution and the intern, with positive results coming from George State University. The article also advises students about how they might get the most from their internships by developing a list of learning objectives, being assertive and not intimidated, and asking for opportunities.

Jones, Elka.  “Internships:  Previewing a Profession.”  Occupation Outlook Quarterly (Summer 2006): 16–19.

This article, put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows the importance of using an internship to sample a career before you jump into it.  The article asks and answers questions, such as “Who should pursue an internship?” “Where are internships located?” “Which internships are best?” and “How do I apply for an internship?”

Lacey, Jill N.  “Working Abroad:  Finding International Internships and Entry-Level Jobs.”  Occupational Outlook Quarterly (Fall 2006), 2–23.

This article, put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, explains the many things
one needs to do before travelling abroad. Various topics include the benefits of working abroad (both professional and personal), the various options one has regarding the type of internship one might find, internships in the private-sector, international internships for the U.S. government, Teaching English as a foreign language, agricultural exchange programs, Au pair placement programs, volunteering internationally, international jobs, as well as funding advice. The end of the article includes a directory of international exchange programs.

Perlin, Ross. Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy. Verso Books, 2012.

Perlin argues that internships have become necessary, but nevertheless, remain problematic since so many positions are unpaid. The book includes the rights of
interns, how they are often barred from using them, and even clarifies the definition of what constitutes an “intern?”

Wilson, Jack. “Internships.” Math Horizons 6, no. 2 (November 1, 1998): 12–13 [Available through JStor].

This article offers an array of methods for a student to search for an internship.  Methods include talking with college administrators/counselors, check bulletin boards, newspapers, etc., seek out agencies, ask local student organizations. Most of the suggestions listed are all variations of “networking.”