Everyone knows the value of having an internship experience: to gain valuable experience, to make you a stronger candidate, to test out whether or not it is a good fit for you, to build your resume, make valuable contact, and more. In some industries, mainly accounting and finance, the firms target most of their hiring through their summer programs. This places significant pressure on Carroll School students to succeed in this process during their junior year.
Currently the accounting firms interview juniors who will have completed 150 credits by graduation in the fall for the summer programs. In addition, some other non-accounting firms will also interview first semester. We have several firms that will set up a recruiting date in the fall just to meet students going abroad in the spring. The Wall Street Banks and other large financial institutions and consulting firms recruit early in second semester. Juniors need to be ready. Please see the section on interviewing to help you better prepare. Also take the time to utilize alumni network. Reach out to the firms through Boston College alumni and attend information sessions or any events where you can meet employers ahead of time. Career Launch is another event designed to help you. Career Launch is always held the first Friday after classes resume for the spring semester.
- Internship Resources: A list of databases on the Career Center website where you can find most internships listings.
- Going Abroad instructions for finding an international internship
- Back up for a banking internship: Now what?
- Making most of you summer internship
- How to finish your Summer Internship Strong
- Housing resources for summer internships
- Stipends available for unpaid internships
- Going Abroad?
About 60% of the class of 2011 indicated that they did internships in their sophomore year. Since many of the larger firms exclude their summer programs to just juniors, this requires sophomore to be more resourceful in their search not limiting their internship search to just campus recruiting but coming all of the resources and listing on EagleLink, UCAN and many other resources listed on the internship page.
Sophomore Summer Leadership Program: Sophomore Leadership Programs are designed by firms to identify strong candidates early by hosting them for a two or three day conference often resulting in an offer for an internship the following summer. Hosted by the big accounting firms and large banks.
Sophomore Specific Internship Programs: This link has a collection of sophomore programs that organizations host each year. Some organizations have internships specifically for sophomores, some are specific to underrepresented students etc. Make sure you read the descriptions on their websites as the information constantly changes.
Sophomores should network: In addition most of our sophomores have the most success through networking, either with friends and family or through alumni. It is important to utilize networking for introduction and information about internships, but no one expects your contact to find you an internship.
If you are unable to find a summer internship make the most of a summer job, or do volunteer work or look for ways to gain leadership experience. Employers are interested in seeing how you choose to spend your time, they aren’t making judgments about what is good or bad experience, you need to talk about your experiences with enthusiasm.
Please note: Having an internship that requires transportation by car does not entitle you to on-campus parking. Please keep this in mind when considering the locations of internships during the academic year.