School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

SELECTING AND INTERVIEWING FOR AN INTERNSHIP

Consider the Following Questions When Choosing Where to Intern

  • What would I like to learn about most? Why?
  • What experiences would help me make clearer decisions about my future academic or career plans?
  • What types of activities do I want to be involved in?
  • Which agencies are open when I am available? (nights, weekends, etc.)
  • What population would I like to work with? (children, elderly, etc.)
  • Which agencies are close to my home, school, or work?
  • What are my expectations and goals?
  • Do I get along with those I have met at the agency?
  • Can I see myself committing 8 hours a week to this agency?
  • Is this agency interested in what I would like to get out of my internship?

Questions You May be Asked When You Interview for an Internship

  • Why do you want to intern with our agency?
  • Why are you doing an internship?
  • What would you like to get out of an internship?
  • Have you ever worked or volunteer with our agency or a similar agency?
  • What classes have you taken that pertain to the work done at our agency?
  • What jobs have you held before?
  • What times are you available? Is your schedule flexible?

Questions You May Want to Ask About an Agency/Internship:

  • What will my responsibilities/duties be?
  • Will I be directly supervised? By whom?
  • Will I have a chance to work in more than one area of your agency?
  • How much time will I be expected to commit to your agency?
  • Have you had other interns before? How did they work out?
  • How will your agency benefit from having an intern?