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Internships

Internships/Job Shadow

An opportunity for students to gain experience in a chosen field through college credit or work experience. Applicants should expect to be able to provide minimum qualifications to benefit from internships in many fields. The Internship Manager/Faculty will provide guidance and assistance but final application and acceptance is an agreement between the student and employer.

Step 1: Select the best option for you (credit or non-credit).
 

Internship Options


CAREER WORK EXPERIENCE (CWE 198)
EARN COLLEGE CREDIT

(Paid or Voluntary).

This course will help you evaluate your career goals, develop resume writing, interviewing, and job search skills.

 

For students only.  (Community members may qualify under special circumstances.)

 

Includes assistance from a career counselor to help identify career interests, values, skills and careers that match.

 

Perfect if you are unsure of career direction and need career counseling or career testing, or interested in exploring new work environments.

 

In-depth assistance in creating a resume and cover letter.

 

Assistance with interviewing skills.

 

Provides college credit as a restricted elective for major, to maintain full time student status and/or to meet financial aid requirements.

 

Become knowledgeable about different employment opportunities.

 

Ready to enter the world of work but need experience to obtain employment.

 

Want to apply what you are learning in the classroom to the real world.

 

CAREER RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
 (Paid or Voluntary).

A work-experience internship is for students seeking to gain work experience without making a commitment to full time employment.  This option may be for you if

 

You are a currently enrolled student.

 

Have definite career goals and have completed coursework in your field of study.

 

Try a job situation to determine if a good "fit" (i.e. Business major trying to decide between Finance & Marketing)

 

Have a resume and cover letter – need someone to review it

 

Are confident on presenting self at an interview

 

Don’t need college credits, only need experience.

 

Want to develop contacts for future networking

 

Improve job skills or learn new ones.

 

Learn to communicate effectively in work situations.

Enroll in Career Work Experience course (CWE 198) for 1, 2, 3 credit option.

 

Visit Career Services in KSC-186 for assistance with a non-credit internship.

Contact:

 

Contact:

Catherine Mendoza, M.C.
Counseling Department
(602) 787-6540
cathy.mendoza@pvmail.maricopa.edu

 

 

Norma I. Chandler, MBA
Career Services Manager
(602) 787-7073
career.services@pvmail.maricopa.edu

Step 2: Select a Career Related opportunity.

Students have many options for seeking career related internships and include the following:

  • Networking with friends and relatives in related career industry

  • Seeking career-related internship with present employer (e.g. a grocery cashier pursuing an accounting degree might ask employer for an internship in the accounting department)

  • Going to various employer websites and exploring internship opportunities

  • Browsing Career Services list of current employers offering internships or shadowing opportunities

  • Prospecting for an internship in an area of interest

Step 3: Prepare a Resume and Cover Letter

As a college student and workplace professional, all applicants must prepare a cover letter and resume.

Resume and Cover Letter Guidelines and Examples

Contact Career Services at 602-787-7073 to schedule an appointment to review your resume and cover letter.

To ensure the safety of our students at the Internship site, each student must fill out an Assumption of Risk form and submit to Career Services before the start of their Internship. If the internship is unpaid, the employer must also fill out a Certificate of Insurance.
 

Downloadable Forms:

Internship Materials

How to Land an Internship

Investigate the opportunities

 

  • Internships will not come to you – It is up to you to find them or create them

  • Visit the Paradise Valley Community College Career Services Center KSC-1181

  • Search online –

    www.internshipprograms.com
    www.monster.com

    These two websites provide nationwide information
    arrow down a company/organization you'd like to work for – search their web page for internship opportunities (more up-to-date than hard copy)

  • Find out if it is a good fit (company culture, structured vs. non-structured, and supervisor)

Time it Right

  • Finding an internship is not a last minute project

  • Plan ahead

  • Calendar, school year, summer internships

Explore the company- don't just apply

  • Research the company and the industry

  • Visit Career Services Center – KSC-1181

  • Ask college reference librarian about resources in library and online

Research other requirements

  • An application form

  • An essay describing your background and goals

  • Letters of recommendation (professional and instructors)

  • A portfolio of your work

N 'joy the benefits

  • many companies use internship opportunities to select the best candidates! And, internships provide valuable on the job experience for candidates!

By knowing where to look and how to prepare, you can land a great internship! The opportunities are out there, it is up to you to go out and find them.


Benefits of Internships

Internships provide an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the workplace. The work experience students gain through an internship will make them more appealing to potential employers after graduation.

The benefits of internships are numerous; job opportunities, increased salary, growth and personal development summarize the major reasons why students should consider internships.

Let's take a closer look:

Salary & Job Search

  • Employer's prize relevant work experience in job candidates and many organizations are willing to reward candidates with internship experience with a higher starting salary – on average 6.8% more than the position's entry level salary. (NACE, 2006)*

  • Employers say that internship programs are among the most effective method for helping them hire new college graduates. A study found that employers extended job offers to more than 70% of their interns. (NACE, 2006)

  • Internship experience makes graduates more attractive to most employers because of the value employers place on work-related experience along with education.

  • Internships expand student's exposure to different job functions and departments. Also giving both student and employer the chance to see if the relationship "is a good fit".

  • Students are able to network with professionals which can assist them with future job searches. In the job market, who you know can be just as crucial as what you know.

  • Internship experience allows students to document work in a portfolio to use as a job search tool to be shown to potential employers.

Personal Growth

  • Internships allow students to explore their interests in various career fields.

  • Students mentored by professionals in the organization can reduce their learning curve.

  • Internships introduce students to different job possibilities they didn't know existed.

  • Helps students determine which type of work environment best fits their personality.

  • Internships help clarify interests, strengths, and areas needing improvement.

  • In addition to enhancing professional maturity and confidence, students will develop skills they can use on the job and in their personal life including critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and leadership skills.

*National Association of Colleges and Employers


Internship Timelines

Internship Timeline For Transfer Students


Transfer students should have at least one internship experience before transferring to their college of choice

  • Increases chances of other internship experiences (real life career exposure)

  • Helps solidify that major is right fit- helps determine major focus

Informal internships may take place at any time and may are generally more flexible
(do not recommend during first semester, especially without any experience)

Many majors have formal internship programs built-in to major

Will have too much invested if you determine this career is not for you

Education, Nursing, Medicine, etc.

Internship Opportunities

Dial/Henkel Co-Op Application

Henkle Internship Descriptions:

Intern - Brand Management - 6072US

Henkel´s Beauty Care division holds leading market positions worldwide and its brand-name product business is continuously expanding. In this fast-moving sector, success depends on constant innovation and high-quality products. You are ready to work in a challenging, but also glamorous and dynamic environment? If you share a passion for hair and beauty, this is the place to start your career.

What we offer:

Brand Management Interns work with either a base brand team or an innovation brand team. Base brand teams manage and run existing brands with a focus on the current product portfolio, current market and immediate future. Strategic and tactical marketing is the expertise as they determine what and how to communicate with their target consumers. Work closely with Sales Planning to optimize trade strategy with our retail customers and with manufacturing and demand planners to ensure sufficient supply of product with minimal excess inventory. Innovation teams focus on creating and developing new products and identifying unmet consumer needs and other opportunities. Focus on the longer term and usually work on projects that are 1 – 5 years from launch. Work closely with R&D, package engineering, market research, and creative services to move new products from idea to reality.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Brand Management interns are assigned several projects at the onset of the internship. They are designed to immerse the intern in the day to day work of brand management.
  • Interns will contribute to the success of the business unit and have the opportunity to showcase their skills and abilities.
  • At the end of the internship, Brand Management interns will present one or more of their projects into Brand Managers and GMs throughout the company.

 

Past Brand Management interns have helped develop future marketing plans and execute current marketing plans, analyzed market opportunities and sales trends, worked with agency partners to design print ads and FSI’s, written new product concepts, tested new product concepts qualitatively in focus groups and quantitatively in pre bases testing, among many other hands on marketing experiences.

Who we are looking for:

  • Ability to gather and analyze data and develop fact-based recommendations resulting from the analysis
  • Ability to link information with marketplace performance. Thorough understanding of trade channel dynamics and franchise business strategies as well as competitor strategies and their impact on the trade
  • Ability to clearly articulate ideas through concise, timely and unambiguous written correspondence. Strong verbal and presentation skills are also required
  • Ability to understand timing constraints of brand initiatives and initiates activities with sufficient lead time to successfully deliver each element
  • Ability to prioritize among competing tasks based on opportunity, urgency and management directions
  • Ability to quickly identify the source of problems that occur, and develop alternatives, solutions and recommendations to resolve the issue
  • Ability to see opportunities, to anticipate market and competitor reactions, and to evaluate the risks of differing opinions
  • High level of proficiency with spreadsheets, databases, presentations graphics, and word processing
  • Love and passion for marketing
  • Currently enrolled in MBA Marketing program 12 months experience in consumer products marketing or sales preferred
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills; solid analytical skills, working knowledge of marketing and financial terms
  • Speak English fluently
  • Have current long term US Work authorization
  • Resumes must show undergraduate school GPA, Graduate school GPA to date, GMAT scores: Total, Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing Assessment

 

Please contact Career Services at (602) 787-7073 for additional information.

Intern - Package Engineering - 6070US

Henkel´s Beauty Care division holds leading market positions worldwide and its brand-name product business is continuously expanding. In this fast-moving sector, success depends on constant innovation and high-quality products. You are ready to work in a challenging, but also glamorous and dynamic environment? If you share a passion for hair and beauty, this is the place to start your career.

What we offer:

This position will involve the support of development, testing and implementation of new Hair Care & Styling products, cost savings projects, quality improvements, and process improvement initiatives.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Work with suppliers, Package Engineers, Package Testing Engineers, and cross functional team members to drive projects to completion
  • Participate in project meetings
  • Assist in the design and development of project related packaging components
  • Assist in the initiation and coordination of plant trials
  • Participate in testing of package components and materials
  • Creation and maintenance of package testing plans, and package component specifications

 

Henkel is an equal opportunity employer
Minority / Female / Disabled / Veteran

Who we are looking for

  • Class level: Junior or Senior, minimum GPA 2.8 - 3.0, major Package Engineering.

 

Please contact Career Services at (602) 787-7073 for additional information.

Intern - Research & Development - 6163US

Henkel´s Beauty Care division holds leading market positions worldwide and its brand-name product business is continuously expanding. In this fast-moving sector, success depends on constant innovation and high-quality products. You are ready to work in a challenging, but also glamorous and dynamic environment? If you share a passion for hair and beauty, this is the place to start your career.

What we offer:

Interns will gain valuable experience by working on a variety of meaningful and interesting projects and challenging tasks. They will develop professional business skills by observing and experiencing the general day to day workings of a global company. Interns will also develop an understanding of Henkel's operating environment and culture, and form lasting relationships with mentors and coworkers to provide ongoing career support.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Interns will be assigned to a project in one of the following areas within Research & Development: Beauty Care Product Development, Laundry Product Development, Homecare Product Development, Haircare Product Development, Clinical Science, Beauty Care Process Engineering, Laundry Process Engineering, Homecare Process Engineering

 

Who we are looking for:

  • Students must be enrolled in Sophomore year or higher, preferably with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Preferred disciplines include:
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Bioengineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Biochemistry or related disciplines
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership and communication skills
  • Highly motivated and able to work independently or as part of a team

 

Please contact Career Services at (602) 787-7073 for additional information.

Intern - Shopper Marketing - 6105US

Henkel´s Beauty Care division holds leading market positions worldwide and its brand-name product business is continuously expanding. In this fast-moving sector, success depends on constant innovation and high-quality products. You are ready to work in a challenging, but also glamorous and dynamic environment? If you share a passion for hair and beauty, this is the place to start your career.

What we offer:

The Shopper Marketing Intern is assigned several projects. These projects immerse the intern in the day to day work of brand management and sales

Position Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for strategic and tactical marketing programs that influence the consumer along the path to purchase.
  • Work closely with the Brand Teams, Field sales and Sales Planning to optimize trade and brand strategy with our retail customers and to turn insights into action plans that drive brand equity and value added sales

 

Who we are looking for

  • Ability to gather and analyze data and develop fact based recommendations resulting from the analysis
  • Ability to link information with marketplace performance
  • Ability to clearly articulate ideas through concise timely and unambiguous written correspondence strong verbal and presentation skills also required
  • Ability to prioritize among competing tasks based on opportunity, urgency, and management directions
  • High level of proficiency with spreadsheets, database, presentation graphics and word processing software 12 years experience in consumer products/sales preferred
  • Have current long term work authorization
  • Resumes must show undergrad GPA, Graduate school GPA to date, GMAT scores: Total, Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing assessment
  • Cover letters must communicate why you are interested in Shopper Marketing and this internship
  • Tell us about a current brand (not one of Henkel’s) that impresses you and why.

 

Please contact Career Services at (602) 787-7073 for additional information.

Intern-Package Engineering (In-Store Merchandising) - 6065US

Henkel´s Beauty Care division holds leading market positions worldwide and its brand-name product business is continuously expanding. In this fast-moving sector, success depends on constant innovation and high-quality products. You are ready to work in a challenging, but also glamorous and dynamic environment? If you share a passion for hair and beauty, this is the place to start your career.

 

What we offer:

Henkel operates worldwide with leading brands and technologies in three business areas: Laundry Care and Home Care, Cosmetics/Toiletries, and Adhesive Technologies. The current position open is a 6 month internship at our North American headquarters in Scottsdale,AZ.

The Engineering Intern will report to the Manager for In-Store Merchandising, and will be involved the support of development and implementation of displays and special packs, cost savings projects, quality, and process improvement initiatives.

 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Work with suppliers, Package Engineers, and cross functional team members to drive projects to completion
  • Participate in project meetings
  • Assist in the design and development of project-related packaging components and displays
  • Assist in the initiation and coordination of plant trials
  • Participate in testing of package components and materials
  • Creation and maintenance of package component specifications

 

Who we are looking for:

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Minimum GPA 2.8 /3.0 in major (Package Engineering)

Please contact Career Services at (602) 787-7073 for additional information.

 

Interns-Supply Chain & Purchasing - 6102US

Henkel´s Beauty Care division holds leading market positions worldwide and its brand-name product business is continuously expanding. In this fast-moving sector, success depends on constant innovation and high-quality products. You are ready to work in a challenging, but also glamorous and dynamic environment? If you share a passion for hair and beauty, this is the place to start your career.

What we offer:

Supply Chain & Purchasing Interns work within the various disciplines that support the delivery of products to our end customers. Interns will be assigned to a specific project but will have the opportunity to interact and learn from all groups across the integrated supply chain.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Supply Chain internships are based in the areas of Logistics, Manufacturing, Customer Service, Demand Planning, or Supply/Production Planning
  • Purchasing internships are based in the areas of Direct Materials & Indirect Materials & Services

Who we are looking for:

  • Currently enrolled in MBA or Undergraduate Supply Chain program
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills; solid analytical skills; working knowledge of marketing and financial terms
  • Ability to quickly learn how to analyze syndicated research data
  • Proficiency with PC applications MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • US Citizen or possess long-term US Work Authorization

Please contact Career Services at (602) 787-7073 for additional information.


PureTech Systems Internship

PureTech Systems, a leading manufacturer of video analytics for surveillance of wide-area critical infrastructure, offers an educational internship program to students attending universities and colleges throughout the state of Arizona who are enrolled in mathematics, computer science or engineering departments. The program is now entering its third consecutive term as schools across the state begin their fall semester.

Since its inception, in August 2010, the program has hosted several interns each semester with a variety of career aspirations. The students have engaged in several challenging learning opportunities including learning how software can be used to distinguish humans from other objects such as small animals. Other interns have been involved in learning how complex systems can be tested and verified.

The internship program, which runs from August to December and again from January to May, focuses on providing students with a real-world setting to help prepare them for their transition into the workforce. Students experience firsthand a high-tech environment as they work along side professional engineers and scientists. This environment challenges them to grow as they learn to build a strong work ethic, collaborate with their coworkers and adapt their problem solving skills.

“PureTech Systems is very excited about our ability to offer this type of internship program. We have been truly impressed with the level of talent from those students who have participated. The students bring in a fresh perspective and a strong desire to learn while we get to return the favor by offering them the opportunity to understand how to apply their course of study to real world situations” comments Eric Olson.

To inquire about the internship program and learn more about PureTech Systems please visit email Sherry Cohen at Sherry.Cohen@puretechsystems.com .

Please contact Career Services at (602) 787-7073 for additional information.

 

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Career Services
Paradise Valley Community College
18401 N. 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ  85032

Location:  Kranitz Student Center – KSC 1181
(West side of the cafeteria, next to the Book Store)
Campus Map

Contact us by Phone or Email:
(602) 787-7073
career.services@paradisevalley.edu

Visit our Facebook page for information about resumes, jobs, and internships.

Career Services Hours:

Fall/Spring
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Summer
Monday through Thursday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: Closed

Career Services Appointments:
Walk-in appointments are available daily Fall/Spring: Monday through Thursday 1:00PM to 4:00PM, Friday 11:00am to 2:00PM
Summer: Monday Through Thursday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
One hour scheduled appointments with Norma Chandler are available for Resume Review, Cover Letter Review, Job/Internship Search Assistance, Online Career Research and Interviews, etc. for both students and community members

Staff

Norma Chandler
Manager, Career Services
norma.chandler@paradisevalley.edu

Mary Askew
Advisor, Career Services
career.services@paradisevalley.edu

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