What can you do as a parent to help your student be ready for an internship?

The career advisers in the Filene Center encourage students to think about their college experience as four years and three summers—where the summers serve as a time for students to explore their interests outside of the classroom in a professional context. Career services is introduced to students as early as summer orientation in order to help demystify the process of career exploration. In addition, career advisers routinely visit First Year Seminars and other classes, conducting interactive presentations aimed at getting students to think about their interests, strengths and skills.

Encouraging students to explore their interests through summer research, internship and volunteer experiences is crucial in helping them prepare for life after Wheaton. As parents, you can help your student prepare for an internship in a variety of ways.

  1. Urge your student to become involved on campus through an on-campus job, a co-curricular student organization, athletics and intramurals, or volunteer work. These are ways for your student to explore their interests and meet like-minded peers.
  2. Suggest that your student meet with a career adviser to begin drafting a resume and to discuss their interests. The career advisers will be able to guide your student to tailored internship and job search resources and connect them to the Wheaton alumni network.
  3. Encourage your student to apply for summer funding! As part of The Wheaton Edge, we award over $800,000 in stipends to students each summer (and overall, $1.2 million annually) to support unpaid internship, research and volunteer experiences. Students can apply for a stipend for unpaid winter break experiences as well.
  4. Career Services offers workshops, programs and events throughout the year. Tell your student to be on the lookout for email invitations and attend!

Your student’s post graduate success is a top priority for Career Services. Completing internships is a proven way for students to increase their chances of landing a great job, winning a post graduate fellowship or getting into graduate school. Encourage your student to meet with Career Services early and often!