5 Tips on How to Make the Most Out of an Internship

“It doesn’t even feel like an internship because I enjoy it so much,” criminal justice student, Tabatha Felder, said about her internship at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

At Globe University, some programs do not require an internship, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t valuable. In fact, Director of Career Services Elizabeth Disch says, “If you want to have an edge over the competition in your new field, complete an internship before you graduate. Internships not only give you relevant experience that applies to your future position, but they also create networking opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable to you.”

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Tabatha Felder

Tabatha wanted that edge, so when she learned that the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department offered an internship, she didn’t hesitate to apply.

When asked what advice she would give students seeking an internship, Tabatha shared these tips:

1. Go for it! “I was really nervous at first to do this internship, but now that I am in it, I love it,” Tabatha said. Internships are not going to just fall into your lap. When an opportunity arises, you need to take action. You never know how long that opportunity might be available; it could be a week or maybe only a day.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you don’t ask, you won’t know the answer. Ask about opportunities. Ask questions so that you can learn. “The deputies and sergeants at this department have gone out of their way to make me feel as much as a part of the department as they are,” said Tabatha. When there is something she isn’t sure of or she wants to know more about, Tabatha knows she can always ask.

3. Make yourself available. Everyone is busy with different things: school, kids, family, friends, jobs, volunteer obligations and more. If you really want something, though, you’ll make time for it. Tabatha works 16-20 hours a week interning while going to school full time, working, and maintaining her home life. It might not be easy, but it’s worth it.

4. Show interest. Tabitha said,“An internship isn’t required for my degree, but I chose to be proactive because nowadays in the job market, you really have to put yourself out there to let future employers know you are the one they need to hire.”

Tabatha has been able to apply much of what she has learned through the criminal justice program at Globe University during her internship. Her internship has allowed her to assist with: traffic stops, traffic complaints, 911 calls, welfare checks, resident complaints, issuing traffic tickets, traffic accidents, abandoned vehicles, battery and domestic abuse incidents, arrests, DUIs, bookings, serving paper warrants, serving civil service papers, the dispatch center, running license plates and more.

5. Get involved now in your career in any way possible. Tabatha found out about the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department internship opportunity while she was on a ride along with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department—a ride along that wasn’t required as part of a class or her program. Tabatha sought out the ride along herself because she understood the importance of getting involved and making connections with others in her field of study.

If you are interested in learning more about internship opportunities or applying for an internship, contact your career services department. Director of Career Services Elizabeth Disch says, “My best advice to any college student?  Apply for an internship today!”

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