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Center for Pathway Experiences

Tips for Pathway Experiences

Pathway experiences such as internships provide students with opportunities to enhance classroom learning through practical experiences. These experiences allow students to gain career clarity and develop important transferrable skills relevant to their industry.
 
Internship Timing
Planning for an internship is appropriate at any time during your academic career. Some employers require junior and senior students as candidates for internships, while others hire freshman and sophomores. These specifications vary by employer and by industry. Check with your academic department as some academic disciplines require an internship, practicum or student teaching during the last semester of senior year.
 
Internship Planning
Meeting with a pathways representative to discuss possibilities is beneficial for learning about the many resources on hand to research and locate your dream internship. 
 
Search infographicINTERNSHIP SEARCHING
Handshake
CareerShift
Employer Websites
Career and Internship Expo, every October and February on campus
Networking with professionals
Talking with your departmental internship coordinator or academic advisor
                           Chamber of Commerce membership directories
 
Money infographicINTERNSHIP FUNDING

Some internships are paid while others are not. Many times a student receives compensation but not enough to cover all expenses such as rent, travel, professional attire, etc. The Center for Pathway Experiences offers a summer scholarship to help offset these costs. 

Listen to what some students have said about our Summer Scholarship Program

 
infographic cordINTERNSHIP FINISHING WITH GRADUATION CORD

Be recognized for participating in a pathway experience by wearing our beautiful teal colored graduation cord at commencement. During your last semester simply fill out the Reflection and Evaluation completely and plan to pick up your cord at cap n gown pick prior to graduation.

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GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR INTERNSHIP
 

Use the internship as a springboard into the working world by making an effort to develop what employers call soft skills or career competency skills:

  Communication  Written and verbal
  Critical Thinking/Problem solving Analyze, interpret and reason
  Teamwork/Collaboration Build relationships
  Technology Adaptable to new technologies
  Leadership Assess and manage others to achieve common goals
  Professionalism/Work Ethic Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior, punctuality
I Career Management Identify strengths and areas for growth
  Global/Intercultural Fluency Value, respect and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages

 

  
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Us

Center for Pathway Experiences
McLemore Hall, First Floor

Hattiesburg Campus

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Email
pathwaysFREEMississippi

Phone
601.266.4976