Have you ever heard of the old advice “it’s not WHAT you know but WHO you know”? Just like with any product you might purchase at the store, word of mouth testimonials from trusted friends play an integral part in the choices you make when shopping. When trusted friend “A” tells you that brand “X” is AMAZING and lives up to it’s name, you’re likely to allow their opinion to influence your purchase decisions.
Very often, this same “trusted colleague, word of mouth testimonial, and influence” rings true when you are searching and interviewing for a job as well. In a big picture way, we call this “networking” and it will probably be your best strategy when it comes time to searching for a job.
But how do you begin that process of building experiences and a network? What are internships and where do you look for job opportunities?
Handshake is an online jobs database available to any enrolled student in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) as well as any SENR alumnus.
Handshake is populated daily by employers all over the US who post jobs to the system. Handshake offers the following features:
- Available job listings
- Resume posting for employers to review
- Registration for on-campus interviews with potential employers
- A calendar of events that includes upcoming workshops and career fairs all over campus
Employers have their own accounts on Handshake so don’t be surprised if you receive an invitation to interview for a job you never applied for. Our students are increasingly being sought out by employers via resume searches on Handshake.
Follow the prompts to create your account in Handshake and get started on your job search today!
Internships are a great way to apply what you are learning in the classroom to a professional working environment. They are also a great way to determine if your chosen career path is the right fit for you. Once you have successfully completed an internship, you may enhance your possibilities of becoming an employee of that business or organization.
Benefits of an internship include:
- Having the Opportunity to Network
Having an internship gets you involved in your career field and gives you an opportunity to meet people and make connections. You will become familiar to people in your field through professional societies, conferences, meetings and other work events. By networking you will find out about job opportunities and allow you to get your foot in the door.
- Learn about the culture and the way an industry works
Through an internship, you will learn about the culture of a company, how things work, the industry's processes and how things operate.
- Academic Credit
You can earn up to 1-2 hours of academic credit for an internship. Some majors require an internship for your degree.
- Where should I start looking for an internship?
- Check your OSU email. When our Career Services receives a job posting looking for students to apply for positions quickly, we will send it out via your OSU email.
- As a student in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, be sure you are a registered user for our Handshake system.
- Like us on Facebook. We post a lot of job opportunities on our Facebook page.
- Check out some of the helpful links below for more great resources.
These links are great resources for starting your search for the perfect internship.
Here is one example of a popular summer internship with ENR students, working for the Ohio EPA.
How to apply for an internship
Applying for an internship is like applying for a job. You should have a cover letter and resume prepared. Our Career Services office is available to review and assist you with your internship application. Please contact us to schedule an appoinment.
Check out these tips to help you with interviewing.
Career Related Links
We are continuously updating our career related links page. It’s filled with relevant companies and organizations of interest to our students and is a great way to research potential career paths, search for jobs, and find networking and conference opportunities.