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Toledo Talent Keeps Toledo Great Internship Program Frequently Asked Questions

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What is an internship? 

How will having an internship help me after college?

What City departments are available to intern in and what if I want to intern in an area that does not have a posted internship position? 

What forms of compensation and/or course credit are available? 

What does “good academic standing” mean?

 What is a statement of purpose? 

Can I get assistance with writing a resume and statement of purpose? 

Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?

How do I secure a faculty advisor and what role will they serve?

 Why do I need to do a project and what are some examples of past project topics?

What is the Final Report? 


What is an internship?

Internships are structured work experiences related to a student's major and/or career interests that are supervised by a professional in the field that enhance a student's knowledge and skills to advance in their academic, career and personal development. 

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How will having an internship help me after college?

Most graduate schools, medical schools, and professional job positions are competitive.  An internship accompanied with a project can allow you to stand out from the crowd.  It tells your prospective employer/interviewer that you are capable of taking on a project, working independently, and seeing the project through to a conclusion.  Additional benefits of participating in the Toledo Talent Keeps Toledo Great internship program include: learning about the inner workings of a large multi-faceted enterprise; gaining practical experience in a particular field; developing new skills that add to your knowledge base while gaining confidence in your abilities; meeting new people and practice networking skills while establishing a network of professional contacts, mentors, and references; and the satisfaction that comes from helping your neighbors through civic engagement.

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What City departments are available to intern in and what if I want to intern in an area that does not have a posted internship position?

The current listing of available Toledo Talent Keeps Toledo Great internships are maintained on the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services website. Departments may include but are not limited to: finance, economic development, planning, community relations, mayor’s office, and human resources. If you have an internship area of interest that is not represented on the current listing, contact Shelly.Drouillard@utoledo.edu in the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services to discuss available options. 

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What forms of compensation and/or course credit are available?

Students who participate in Toledo Talent Keeps Toledo Great could receive financial compensation and/or course credit with their internship experience.  In the summer semester there are a limited number of paid stipend internships available that are highly competitive.  Students who are awarded federal work study could be eligible to receive compensation via the community work study option. (Note: federal work study eligibility questions should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid). Most departments or programs have a course called "Independent Study" or "Research" or a similar title under which you could obtain course credit.  Many degree programs also offer academic credit for internship hours. Students who volunteer their time and efforts for an internship opportunity, without compensation or course credit, benefit from the experience. 

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What does “good academic standing” mean?

Good academic standing requires a student to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale each term. A student in good standing is eligible for registration for the upcoming term in accordance with current regulations/procedures outlined by the individual colleges and/or specific programs of study. 

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What is a statement of purpose?

The Academic Statement (or Statement of Purpose) is the section of the application to the Toledo Talent Keeps Toledo Great internship program where you describe how this internship experience fits in with your academic and professional goals. You should carefully write this section because the reviewers pay close attention to it.  A word of caution:  Do NOT just state that this internship will help you “get a job and/or into graduate school.” It is expected that your experience will help you in that regard. Share your personal interest in the opportunity and what you hope to learn through the internship. The Office of Undergraduate Research can provide additional guidance concerning your Academic Statement. Contact the office at 419.530.2983 or undergraduate.research@utoledo.edu

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Can I get assistance with writing a resume and statement of purpose?

The Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services offers students assistance with resume and statement of purpose writing. Contact the center to schedule an appointment at 419.530.4341 or celcs@utoledo.edu

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Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?

You should ask faculty and/or other professionals who can attest to your academic, work ethic, and/or other skills to write letters on your behalf. 

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How do I secure a faculty advisor and what role will they serve?

The faculty advisor is a resource to help you obtain the most academic benefit from your internship. Your specific college may have faculty designated to work with student interns or you may reach out to faculty you feel could best provide guidance/support for your project. The Office of Undergraduate Research can provide guidance concerning securing a faculty advisor. Contact the office at 419.530.2983 or undergraduate.research@utoledo.edu

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Why do I need to do a project and what are some examples of past project topics?

We have designed the Toledo Talent Keeps Toledo Great internship program to include a project that the student works on as part of her/his internship.  This will enhance the internship’s academic value for the student. The Office of Undergraduate Research can provide examples of past projects. Contact the office at 419.530.2983 or undergraduate.research@utoledo.edu.

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What is the Final Report?

The final report is a record of the internship project. It is written by the intern (with review by the intern’s City supervisor) and is submitted to Office of Undergraduate Research and/or Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services at the conclusion of the internship. The Office of Undergraduate Research can provide examples of past final reports. Contact the office at 419.530.2983 or undergraduate.research@utoledo.edu

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Other Questions?

Please contact Thomas.Kvale@utoledo.edu in the Office of Undergraduate Research or Shelly.Drouillard@utoledo.edu in the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services.

 

Last Updated: 8/17/17