Internships and Co-ops
On-Campus Internships, Off-Campus Internships, and Micro-Internships
Real-world work experience. Explore your future career today.
At Howard Community College, we connect you with a broad array of internship opportunities that will provide professional work experience, including on-campus internships, off-campus internships, and micro internships. During COVID-19, many internships are being offered remotely or virtually. By choosing to intern, you can explore careers before you graduate. Internships offer many benefits, including: possible academic credit, potential to earn income, networking with employers, and experience for your resume.
Take the following steps to get started in the HCC internship program:
- Check Eligibility - You must have completed 12 college credits and have a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
- Create Your Resume - If you need assistance, we have online resources available to assist you.
- Schedule an appointment with Amy Crawford, Assistant Director of Internships and Cooperative Education, to discuss internship options and begin your search. Call 443-518-1340 for an appointment.
Please view the Steps to Finding an Internship: Resources for HCC Students for more detailed information.
Our office partners with the Federal government's Workforce Recruitment Program, which connects students with disabilities with summer internship positions.
On-Campus Internship Program
Counseling and Career Services oversees the paid on-campus internship program for students who are interested in gaining experience while interning on campus. Many departments on campus participate in the program.
Application Process: Available positions are listed on Handshake (www.howardcc.edu/handshake). Interested students should apply directly to department supervisors and schedule an appointment with Amy Crawford, Assistant Director of Internships and Cooperative Education, or Zana Watson, Internship Assistant, to discuss the program requirements.
Salary/Duration: Students participating in the program are paid $13.50 for up to 15 hours per week for 15 weeks during the fall and spring semesters.
Program Requirements: All students participating in the on-campus internship program, regardless of funding source, must do the following:
- Develop 3 measurable learning objectives for work to be accomplished over the course of the semester
- Meet weekly or bi-weekly with their HCC department supervisor for support and guidance
- Submit a mid-semester report and end-of-semester report to Counseling and Career Services documenting your progress and accomplishments
- Engage in one professional development activity each semester
Work-Study On-Campus Internships: Counseling and Career Services has partnered with Financial Aid Services to convert some work-study jobs into work-study on-campus internships. These work-study internships are listed on the Work-Study Internship Board.
Micro-internships are paid, short-term, career-related projects for currently enrolled HCC students in degree-seeking programs. Positions are 5-40 total hours over a specified number of weeks. This is a new initiative, and positions are currently being developed. Positions will be posted on Handshake (www.howardcc.edu/handshake), throughout the semester.
- Micro-interns develop 1-2 measurable learning objectives
- Micro-interns submit final reports
- Supervisors will provide supervision throughout
- Supervisors complete end-of-semester student evaluations
- Micro-interns are paid $13.50 per hour
Questions: Contact Amy Crawford, Assistant Director of Internships and Cooperative Education, firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-518-1340.
Marketing Intern with Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Penguins
"This past summer was one of the most exciting, challenging, and eye opening experiences I have ever had. I was thrown into a fast paced professional setting that taught me not only about the professional sports industry but also about myself…I found that on-the-job learning is quite different than that of learning in the classroom."
Biology Intern with the National Aquarium in Baltimore
"The internship with the Aquarist Department and MARP has helped me not only to get first-hand experience but also understand different career opportunities within the marine science field. They have also introduced me to people in the field, giving me great contacts and possible job opportunities. This experience with the co-op and internship program has helped me become ready for entering the field, and I am enthusiastic and optimistic about the future."
Intern with the Howard County Department of Corrections
"My internship with the Howard County Department of Corrections has been a memorable and educational experience. I have learned a great deal and met exceptional individuals. I would definitely recommend this program with the Department of Corrections to future criminal justice majors."
Accounting Intern with CAS Severn
"My supervisor is great and extremely nice! She always gives as many as possible opportunities for me to try different types of accounting tasks and learn skills besides accounting, I am not treated as just an intern, but as a member that really belongs to the company instead. The people that I work with are so wonderful and kind! They are extremely patient to teach me tasks step by step, and they are unselfish to share useful tips with me, which will help me complete tasks faster and much more perfect."
Your resume is a key document in your job search as it represents you to employers before they meet you in person. Its purpose is to get you invited for an interview, and therefore it must describe how your skills, experience and training match a job’s requirements and meet an employer’s needs.
To get help with writing a resume that will create a strong impression, we suggest that you take advantage of the following services:
The interview is your opportunity to convince the employer that you are the most qualified candidate for the job opening. Thorough preparation is the best way to ensure a successful interview. Here are some useful tools and services that will help you prepare.
1. Learn the Fundamentals
- See information on:
- The purpose of the interview
- Behavioral and situational interviews
- Dress for Success (for both men and women)
- The parts of the interview and evaluating offers
- Making a preparation checklist
- Guidelines for answering and asking questions
2. Get Assistance
Meet with a career counselor for help with interviewing, including asking your counselor to go through a mock interview with you. Call 443-518-1340 or stop by RCF-302 to make an appointment.
A cover letter promotes you, presenting a compelling case that you have the interest, skills, training and experience to perform well in a given job or internship. Cover letters are best when you can articulate the fit between the company/position needs and your experiences.
Internship Search Resources
We recommend the following websites and resources when looking for internships:
Handshake, the online job/internship platform used by HCC Career Services: www.howardcc.edu/handshake
Chegg Internships: www.internships.com
Federal Government: www.usajobs.gov
Idealist (internships with nonprofit organizations): www.idealist.org
Google Jobs: www.Google.com (example, search for “marketing internships near me.” You will see a blue box of available internships pulled from a variety of job search websites.)
Additional Ways to Gain Experience:
Parker Dewey: www.parkerdewey.com Register as a career launcher for free and apply for paid, virtual micro-internships with a national consulting company.
The Forage: www.theforage.com Complete virtual work assignments with Fortune 500 companies.