Interning in 5 Easy Steps
1. Research your options and consider your goals
There are 100s of opportunities ranging from government agencies to non-profits to private businesses that rely on interns in Washington, DC. NYU Washington, DC is routinely offering positions for students.
Be sure to reflect on your options when considering internship placements. How will each placement move you towards your career goals? What placement would best build your network? What do you want to take away from your internship?
2. Narrow your search
Consider time management! How many hours will your commitment be? What are your learning outcomes, professional networking opportunities, etc? NYU Washington, DC recommends that students pursue 20 hours/week of work in their internships while pursuing full-time coursework.
*Students are permitted to work longer hours, but are encouraged to speak with an advisor prior to committing at their placement.
3. Apply with a resume and cover letter
See the Wasserman website for resume and cover letter workshops, tips, etc. Wasserman staff is accessible and helpful to NYU students preparing for the application process. You are encouraged to visit with them in NYC or virtually through skype and their website.
4. Practice your interviewing skills
Washington, DC has a different professional environment than New York City. Be sure that you are presenting yourself congruently to the expectations of the organization with which you are interviewing. Prior to your departure, take advantage of the Wasserman Center's interview resources and workshops/ events.
*Remember: You do not need to be on the Square to access the resources of Wasserman! NYU Wasserman is available to students at all of our global sites!
5. Build your network / make connections
- Utilize NYU Washington, DC support services.
- Send thank-you emails and cards to your interviewers.
- Confirm your acceptance of the internship and be responsive from the beginning of your commitment.
- Be clear about your expectations and availability.
- If the internship does not meet your goals and expectations as defined during the interview process, be prepared to respectfully decline the offer. There are other, better fits out there!
While participating in an internship at NYU Washington, DC, take advantage of the programs open to you! The Wasserman Center is committed to supporting students as they pursue limitless opportunities. The purpose of this $1,000 award is to provide financial assistance to students pursuing unpaid internships in the arts, education, public service and other not-for-profits. This year, the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development is thrilled to announce the launch of the Summer Funded Internship Award!