Science Learning Institute
Internships are an important part of a STEM student's experience.
- You gain valuable work experience.
- You get a better idea of your own academic and professional goals.
- You network with others in the field.
Find out more about Foothill College's tips and resources related to internships at our Internships page.
Tips and Strategies
First, SLI is keeping a running spreadsheet of scholarship and internship opportunities and deadlines by month. This is a dynamic sheet, so bookmark it in your browser and come back from time to time.
Also, a good start for finding STEM internships is to do an internet search with the following key terms:
- "STEM internships for community college students"
- "undergraduate student internships in STEM"
- "summer internships for college students"
- Handshake - go to MyPortal to activate your Handshake account. You will find listings of jobs and internships, tailored to Foothill College students.
- LinkedIn - set up your profile, connect to your instructors, classmates, and others you know.
- Career websites like Geeky Girl Reality (for women in STEM) and Internships.com
Here are some articles that provide valuable tips for finding internships:
- Finding and Internship: Guide and Worksheet (from Southern Illinois University College of Mass Communication and Media Arts website)
- Your Guide to Internships from Best Colleges
- College Student Internships & Employment from Accredited Schools Online
- Your Guide to Computer Science Internships from University of the People
- Best Computer Science Internships for College Students from Career Karma
- Guide to Internships for Students from study.com
- Internships in Tech: A Complete Guide from TechGuide.org
Tips for Preparing for Internship Interviews
Here are some links to sites to help you prepare for internship interviews.
- Sample Internship Interview Questions by the balance careers
- 13 Questions to Ask in an Internship Interview by Chegg
- Top Internship Interviewing Tips by the balance careers
- What to Expect During an Internship Interview by indeed.com
- 30+ Questions to Ask in a Job Interview by indeed.com
- Top Interview Tips: Common Questions, Body Language, & More by Indeed (YouTube video)
Here are some well-known internship programs across the country that are competitive and are amazing opportunities for community college students:
|Name of opportunity||Deadline|
|Community College Internships with Department of Energy||early January|
|NIH Summer Internship Program||March 1|
|Base 11 Summer Fellowship Opportunities||February|
|Research Internships for Community College Students at Stanford||varied for different opportunities|
|STEM Undergraduate Internship Opportunities (extensive listing)||varied for different opportunities|
|Research Experiences for Undergraduates through National Science Foundation (listing by STEM discipline)||
varied for different opportunities
For an ongoing listing of opportunities, kept up to date by the SLI team, bookmark this Google Sheet.
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