Internship Matching Process
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Securing My Internship

Every student accepted into The Washington Center’s academic internship program is placed in an internship. During your pre-arrival experience, you will work with an internship advisor to identify an internship within TWC’s internship partner network. Your internship matching process is a microcosm of a real world job search – it can at times be competitive. TWC students interview and compete for their internship, secure an offer, and ultimately accept an internship to confirm their placement and reserve their spot in TWC’s program.

 

Internship Matching Process

Finding a good fit is key to a solid, substantive internship experience for both the intern and the internship site. TWC looks for strong alignment between a student’s skills and interests and the internship site’s available internship opportunities. Your advising session with your Internship Advisor provides important information needed to identify a good match. Your communication and consistent updates are important feedback and lets your Internship Advisor know your progress in the internship matching process.

 

TWC strategically targets organizations and companies within TWC’s Internship Partner Network to identify strong matches – the match must be mutual. When the internship site reviews your application, they will contact you directly for an interview if they identify a potential fit. Excellent application materials and a strong alignment between you and the internship site are what ultimately enhance your chances for receiving an interview. Strong interview performance is what secures an offer, and ultimately securing your placement with an internship site and TWC for your upcoming semester.

 

Pre-Arrival Experience

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Applying On My Own

You might have interest in pursuing an internship you found on your own. There are also a number of organizations that have an early deadline, an application process separate from TWC, or simply require an application submission directly from the intern. TWC supports students applying on their own and will work closely with your supervisor to ensure they understand the programming, assignments, and the work you complete is credit worthy. Know that even when you apply on your own, TWC is committed to securing your internship through our tailored internship matching process and aligning your interests with internship sites in our internship partner network. Let your Internship Advisor know if you are applying on your own so they may provide you with the resources you will need to get ahead.

 

How Do I Apply On My Own? | Some internship sites have an early deadline and/or separate application process. Students can conduct independent internship searches online to supplement TWC’s internship matching process. Your Internship Advisor is can guide you in submitting your application. TWC will work closely with your supervisor to ensure they understand the programming, assignments, and that your internship is a substantive experience. Let your Internship Advisor know if you are applying on your own so they may provide you with the resources you will need to get ahead.

 

Security Clearances | When you accept an internship that requires a security clearance, it is your responsibility to work directly with the agency to provide them the materials and information they will need to complete the clearance process. Your internship advisor will answer any questions you might have during this time.

 

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Most students are able to obtain their security clearance with no issue or delay. If there is an issue obtaining a student’s security clearance, TWC will provide another substantive opportunity.

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