Internships and Co-ops
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. 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.
- Get Your Resume Reviewed and Approved - Schedule an appointment to meet with a career counselor for a one-on-one resume review, or attend a walk-in resume review session held throughout the semester.
- Schedule an appointment with the co-op/internship manager, Amy Crawford, to determine whether a co-op for academic credit or an internship is right for you and to 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 is pleased to announce a new initiative for a limited number of paid internships on-campus beginning in spring 2019. Many departments on campus have offered positions on campus, including: Admissions and Advising, Arts and Humanities division, Athletic department, Business and Computer Systems division, Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Dragon Digital Radio, Health Sciences division, Public Relations and Marketing, Public Safety, and Sustainability. Available positions are listed on HCC Job Connection (www.howardcc.edu/hccjobstudent), and interested students should apply directly to the department supervisors and meet with Amy Crawford, Internship and Co-op Manager, to discuss the program requirements. We anticipate this program to continue in Fall 2019. New positions will be posted by July 1, 2019. Students participating in the program are paid $12 for 15 hours per week for 15 weeks for the fall and spring semesters.
In addition, Counseling and Career Services has partnered with Financial Aid Services to convert some work-study positions into work-study on-campus internships. These work-study internships will be listed on the work-study website: https://www.howardcc.edu/admissions-aid/pay-for-college/financial-aid/internship-job-board.html
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
Short videos about successful interviewing
How to Answer Behavior Based Interview Questions - Ohio State University video
How to Ace an Interview - 5 Tips from a Harvard Career Advisor (includes information on phone and Skype interviews):
Tips and guides on interviewing
Job search strategies
Looking for a job is a time consuming process. Review these tips on how to stay organized during your job search.
Visit other websites for internship listings. Search on your specific job target (example, “marketing internship” or “public relations internship”) and desired location.
Criminal Justice-Related Internships: PDF
STEM Internships: PDF