What’s an Internship?


This October we started a new series called #InternTuesday on our Facebook and Twitter where we put out helpful information for those seeking internships. Since this is the time to begin searching for Summer Internships, we decided to dedicate this blog post to discussing what an internship is and why it is beneficial for you to obtain one.


An internship is a gateway to career development. By definition, an internship is a supervised career-related learning opportunity that offers students the chance to develop hands-on experience in an industry or field. Internships can vary according to task, work time and paid/unpaid. Most internships require 10-15 during the semester and up to 40 hours a week in the summer. Compensation can include hourly pay, class credit, or a stipend.


Internships are important to obtain for a variety of reasons. Internships allow you to experience a career before graduating. Participating in an internship could determine whether or not you would like to enter that field. Internships also allow you to apply academic knowledge to a work setting, to practice your communication and teamwork skills, and to practice networking. Additionally, having an internship will help you develop your self-confidence, time management, critical thinking, decision-making and other necessary skills needed in the workforce.

How do I find one?

You hand_2can find and apply for internships daily on Aztec Career Connection: https://goo.gl/ImbRMf. Simply searching the internet for internships is another great option. Some helpful sites are http://www.indeed.com, http://www.internshipprograms.com, and http://www.idealist.org. By attending career fairs and networking events on campus, you can also be exposed to possible internship opportunities. Come by our office in SSE-1200 if you have any questions or would like to speak with a career counselor about how to obtain an internship Monday-Thursday from 1:00pm-2:45pm and Fridays from 10:00am-11:45am.

Fall for Career Services


The Fall 2016 semester is jam packed with plenty of workshops and events for everyone. We are already well under way into the semester and have had great success with the events we have put on thus far. Just to familiarize you with the types of events we put on here at Career Services, here is an overview of what you can utilize to help you become Career Ready!

Career Fairs

We hold several career fairs in the fall to reach every major and academic level. Career fairs are important to attend because you are given the chance to explore potential career paths, network with employers, and identify career opportunities. In Sdownloadeptember, we held our annual Fall Career and Internship Fair which was very successful. This month, we have our final two career fairs for Fall. On October 13th, we will be having our Graduate and Professional School Fair from 10:00am-2:30pm in Montezuma Hall. The STEM Career Fair will take place on October 26th from 10:00am-2:30pm in Montezuma Hall as well.

Take advantage of these upcoming opportunities to meet employers and alumni who want to talk to you about their occupations and employment opportunities.


imagesCareer Services holds workshops in our office almost daily. These workshops range from resume writing to professional dress to utilizing social media for personal branding. They are all  designed to help you explore potential career paths, enhance your skills, and prepare you for success in your job search and career development process. Every workshop is held in SSE 1200 and promoted on our various social media outlets.

For more information and an event calendar, visit our website at career.sdsu.edu.


Career Services Overview

Aztec Career Connection

accThis is a 24/7 online service that allows you to access thousands of employment and internships opportunities, post and submit resumes, sign up for on-campus interviews, and access other career development tools. The career development tools include assessments from choosing a major and graduate programs.

Career Counseling and Workshops

Our career counselors are experts on supporting the career development needs of college students and graduates. Hour long appointments are available to assist you with career planning, job search, resume review, major selection, career assessments, and so much more. Walk-Ins are 15 minute one-on-ones with a career counselor for quick questions or resume review! We also offer workshops in various topics for your career development. View our full schedule on our website, career.sdsu.edu

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The Aztec Mentor Program pairs eligible juniors, seniors, and grad students from ALL majors  with established alumni/professionals in San Diego and nationwide. AMP empowers students to gain valuable career guidance in areas such as networking, interviews, and resume development.

On-Campus Interviewing

Each semester, Career Services hosts hundreds of employers who conduct interviews on campus with students and alumni. Employers represent a wide range of industries. Interview listings can be found via Aztec Career Connection. In the 2014 – 2015 year, Career Services hosted 1,900 on-campus interviews.


internOur center provides the resources, connections, and guidance to assist students. We offer current information regarding for-credit internships and work closely with faculty to identify and grow internships participation, in 2015 – 2016 over 3,300 students completed internships.

Come visit us in Student Services East, Room 1200 from 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday.