Intern For A Day
Intern For A Day
What is Intern For A Day?
The UGA Career Center’s Intern For A Day Program is a volunteer "job shadowing" opportunity for students to spend 1 day observing and often working with professionals, investigating a career field and experiencing a typical day or week on the job. This experience is not for credit or pay but greatly benefits both interns and sponsors. It allows a student to clarify career goals, while allowing the sponsor (or prospective employer) to evaluate a student’s interests, skills and abilities.
When is Intern For A Day offered?
Intern For A Day is flexible and should be scheduled by the student and host organization based on their availability. Fall opportunities will be offered from mid-October through the first week of January. The spring program will be offered mid-March through May.
Why should I participate in Intern For A Day?
Intern For A Day is a great way to learn about the day-to-day work life of a professional in a career field of your choice. The Intern For A Day program offers the chance to "test" a career without risk of a semester or longer term commitment. It can also help you get your foot in the door for a competitive internship program or job.
What activities are Interns involved in?
Many students shadow in one department for one day; others rotate through various departments to get a broad overview. You may take a tour; conduct informational interviews with people in various specializations and at different levels; review company literature; sit in on staff meetings; help with clerical tasks; ask questions about the field, the organization, necessary training and curriculum to follow to enter the field; and/or assist with actual office projects (research, report writing, etc.).
Do I receive course credit? The Intern For A Day program is a non-credit volunteer experience. You will not receive compensation or reimbursement for travel expenses.
How do I apply?
Click/tap the button below to learn more about the Intern for a Day application process.
How do I apply for the Intern For A Day Opportunity at UGA?
Applying for the Intern For A Day is a very simple process. You just need to follow the steps listed below. You must attend an orientation session below in order to apply to the program.
Overview of the Intern For A Day Application Process
One of the key features of The University of Georgia Career Center’s Intern For A Day program is its flexibility both for students and employers. Fall semester visits occur from mid-October through the first week of January. Spring semester visits will occur any time late February through the end of May. Students will attend an orientation session and submit their applications and resumes via e-mail. A Career Center Selection Committee will collect student applications and match students with interested host organizations based on mutual career interests and availability.
How do I participate?
Attend a mandatory information session: We will discuss the application process, the employer participants, and benefits of the program. In addition, you will sign a waiver to participate in the program. Information sessions will be offered on the following dates:
Information Session Dates
RSVP to the Handshake event by logging in at career.uga.edu
- February 10 - 4pm until 5pm - Virtual/Online - RSVP via Handshake
- February 11 - 4pm until 5pm - Virtual/Online - RSVP via Handshake
- February 15 - 4pm until 5pm - Virtual/Online - RSVP via Handshake
DO NOT apply until you have attended an information session. If you have participated in the program in the past, you do not need to attend the information session, simply apply before the deadline.
OK, I applied ... What Next?
If you are chosen to Intern For A Day, you will receive an e-mail from the Career Center which provides you with your assigned host organization and contact information. You are responsible for contacting your host organization to arrange a time and date to conduct your visit! Choose a time and date which is convenient for both you and your host organization. Fall semester visits occur from mid-October through the first week of January. Spring semester visits will occur any time late February through the end of May. Don’t forget to inquire about dress and ask for directions!
Research the Organization!
Research the organization prior to your visit! A guide for researching employers may be found at the following address:
Prepare a list of Questions
Arrive prepared to ask questions throughout the day or set aside some time for an informational interview with the individuals you shadow. A comprehensive list of questions can be found here:
What if I am not chosen?
Intern For A Day opportunities are in limited supply, so there is a chance that you may not be selected. However, the Career Center is here to help you develop a strategy by which you set up your own Intern For A Day opportunity. Feel free to contact your Career Consultant at (706) 542-3375 to discuss setting up an Intern For A Day or informational interviewing opportunity within your area of interest.
What do I do after my Intern For A Day?
Within 1 week after participating in your Intern For A Day opportunity, you should prepare and send a 'Thank You Note.' This is an essential part of business/work place etiquette. In addition, you will want to complete our Intern For A Day evaluation (the evaluation will be sent via email) to provide feedback for us on the Intern For A Day experience. Finally, you will want to reconcile this opportunity with your future career plans. Do you want to do another Intern For A Day? What kind of insights did you learn about an internship or even a full-time job search? Remember, Intern For A Day opportunities are designed to give you a head start on your career.
What do I do after my Intern For A Day experience?
- Within 1 week after participating in your Intern For A Day opportunity, you should prepare and send a 'Thank You Note.' This is an essential part of business/work place etiquette.
- Please fill out our online survey (which will be sent to you via email after your Intern For A Day experience) to help us improve the UGA Intern For A Day program.
- Finally, you will want to reconcile this opportunity with your future career plans. Do you want to do another Intern For A Day? What kind of insights did you learn about an internship or even a full-time job search? Remember, Intern For A Day opportunities are designed to give you a head start on your career.
If you have any questions regarding Intern For A Day opportunities at UGA please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.