Did You Know . . .
Wagner students have interned at numerous prominent companies and organizations in various fields, including ABC, Alvarez & Marsal, BNY Mellon Pershing, Bulgari, CBS, Conde Nast, Deloitte and Touche LLP, Deutsche Bank AG, FINRA, Fox News Network, Goldman Sachs, ING, Havas Health, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, KPMG, The Legal Aid Society, The McGraw-Hill Companies, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Opera, Michael Kors, Morgan Stanley, NASA (The Johnson Space Center), PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Radio City Music Hall, Roundabout Theatre Company, Simon & Schuster, Sony Pictures, Sotheby’s, The Walt Disney Company, UBS, Universal Media Group, Warner Bros. Television, William J. Clinton Foundation, and ZenithOptimedia.
One of the most important things that an undergraduate can do while in college is intern. For good reason, employers consistently rate internship experience as the #1 desired criterion for new employees. This is because completing internships allows students to:
- Explore their career options and professional interests
- Put classroom knowledge into “real world” practice
- Acquire professional experience and build their résumés
- Network with experienced professionals and potential mentors
- Develop marketable skills and self-confidence
A Wagner education, through The Wagner Plan, places a special emphasis on students’ acquisition of practical experience. In CACE, we encourage students to complete multiple internships prior to graduation, and we strive to provide students with the best resources through which to find internships and make the most of their interning experiences.
Searching for Internships
There are many ways to find an internship. Here are 3 of the most popular and effective methods to use:
I) Job Boards
There are many job boards that you can use when finding an internship. The two internal resources are The Hot List: Career Services Newsletter and Wagner Works (an internal job portal).
Wagner Students are emailed (bi-monthly) The Hot List: Career Services Newsletter that features many internships and entry-level jobs across a diverse range of industries. The Hot List is curated with positions particularly relevant to the interests of Wagner Students.
Wagner Works features employers from companies and organizations, both local to Staten Island and New York City and from around the country, post internship and job openings with the express intention of recruiting Wagner students. Log into your account and begin searching for internship opportunities.
II) Company/Organization Websites
Know what you want! Identify the specific companies and organizations where you want to work and visit the “Careers” section on their website. Often the “Careers” web page is found at the bottom of the company’s official website. Other terms are “Work With Us”, “Job Opportunities”.
It’s not about what you know. It’s not about who you know. It’s about what you know about who! Start by networking with Wagner alumni and requesting “exploratory” or “introductory” meetings. Networking is a skill and it takes practice to get comfortable with. And it’s worth the effort. Some of the best internships and job opportunities are uncovered thanks to networking conversations. Read more about Networking & Your Job Search here.
Applying for Internships
After you have identified several suitable internship opportunities, it’s time to apply. Here’s how:
- Create or update your resume by working with the CACE office.
- Write an employer-specific cover letter that explains why you want the internship and how you are specifically suited for it
- Utilize the proper channels to submit your resume. Many companies have their own online application processes, while others simply request that you email your resume and cover letter.
- Network with people in the field, or even better, at the company/organization to which you are applying. Linkedin is a great tool when it comes to expanding your professional network. Remember, you have a better chance of getting an internship when you’ve already connected with someone – he or she can help you get your resume into the right hands.
- Don’t be afraid to follow up with an employer within a few weeks after submitting your application. But don’t be a nuisance – if you don’t hear back from an employer after a while, move on to the next internship opportunity.
In order to register for an internship for credit, Wagner undergraduate students are required to complete the Internship Form – For Credit (All Majors)
We encourage students to have multiple internships throughout their undergraduate experience and while they will not be “for credit” they most certainly will be for experience. Students securing an internship for non-credit need to complete the following form. Internship Form – Non-Credit
Not certain where to start? Do you need your résumé and cover letter reviewed or revised? Having trouble finding a placement? Don’t be afraid to ask for some help or advice from our staff. Make an appointment with us via our online appointment system, or stop by our office.