Online Advisor Get an Internship By Dr. Eileen Wirth There’s no better way to test your choice of a major than getting an internship even if you plan to go to graduate or professional school. Because there’s a lot of confusion about internships, I’m including any job or volunteer work that exposes you to what various fields are like. Whether you are paid or not or get credit makes little difference. The goal is to discover what you like or (almost equally important) what you don’t. Some fields like Education and Nursing build such experiences into their curricula by taking students to classrooms and clinical settings. After a semester of observing and teacher aiding, you’ll have a pretty good idea of whether elementary education is for you. If you’re humanities or social science major, ask faculty members about career opportunities. History majors might volunteer at a museum or a library. Philosophy majors frequently go to law school so you might try a job as a messenger at a law firm. Pre-med students have opportunities to shadow health professionals. Seek help from Career Center staffers to discover links between majors and various fields then write a resume and register with Jobs4Jays to connect with open jobs. Consult with the Creighton Center for Service and Justice about volunteer opportunities that might pave the way to careers in non-profits. Join major-related student groups in your field that focus on career building. There are tons all over campus, especially in applied fields like business. A warning: interns start at the bottom and work their way up to more interesting assignments. Don’t judge a field by what you are doing now but by whether more senior positions interest you. Internships – under whatever guise – can help you avoid facing graduation as clueless about what you want to do as the day you took that freshman march down the Mall.