Why should I do an internship?
Internships look great on your resume, and they have several benefits: an internship is the perfect opportunity for you to apply what you've learned in classes in a work environment. It's also a great way to network with people in your industry -- people that are working and making a living -- and, if it's the right fit for you, it could also lead to a future job.
Preparing for an internship
Once you've found the internship you'd like, make sure to have all of your materials ready. Often, this will include an application, a resume, and a cover letter. You can get your cover letter and resume checked over by the staff at the Linfield Career Hub (in Malthus Hall) so that it's competitive and ready for your opportunity! See some of the points below to learn about how you can earn credit for internships.
How to research an organization
Talk to someone in the Career Development Hub to obtain guidance on researching an organization. Be wary anytime you are asked to pay an application fee, or pay money to them. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Earning credit for an internship
Many academic departments offer internship credit - talk to your advisor about this prior to your internship. Consider elective credit through the Office for Career Development if you don’t qualify for your major internship credit, if you are doing an internship outside your area of study, or if you are completing an exploratory internship.
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(these will link directly to internship pages; be sure to read and peruse thoroughly, as there is submission information and deadlines for college students!)
The Dramaturgy internship at Profile Theatre in Portland, which seeks students interested in dramatic literature to write articles for its website and programs. The Artistic Director at Profile is very bright and enterprising, knows about Linfield, and has actively solicited our students to apply.
Our alumna Kate McMullan is currently interning at Artists Rep, which has another good program for theater-minded students.
Linfield students have also been invited to apply by the director of Literary Arts in Portland, which offers internships in all its departments and may match some financial aid.
Students interested in Shakespeare should talk to Daniel Pollack-Pelzner about a summer internship with the Portland Shakespeare Project. Daniel is also the consulting scholar for the Complete Works Project, a consortium of theaters that is staging all of Shakespeare’s plays and poems over the next two years, and we could surely use some interns as well.