Summertime: Some students go
home to visit family, some take vacations to Cancun, others
backpack through Europe, and still others stick around Hawai‘i
and simply have fun.
If you plan to stick around, you might consider an opportunity
to make extra money and get some experience in your career field:
an internship. Ah, but many students who want and need an internship
have no idea how to find one. HPU can help, and so can the Web
The College of Communication, which requires every COM major
complete a practicum before graduating, even offers those classes.
COM 3950 Communication Practicum, is the “top of the line” in
communication opportunities, said Dr. Larry LeDoux, assistant
professor of journalism.
The college maintains an extensive list of employers with interesting
communication opportunities, many of which include pay, and the
student gets academic credit for working in a career environment
and making connections with potential employers, connections
that often result in jobs after graduation,” LeDoux said. “Students
call employers in their field and set up their own interviews.
If they are hired, they can start the internship right away and
enroll in the class whenever they register next,” he
The Communication Practicum course requires students complete
only 200 hours for 3 credits, but students must have 9 upper-division
credits in communication course and must be-approved by the
dean. Students who don’t qualify for the practicum course
can enroll in COM 3990 or 3991, paid or unpaid internships.
information, visit the College offices, Room 504 FH Building,
1132 Bishop St.
HPU’s Career Services Center can also help students find
internships. The center maintains an extensive data-base of
potential employers and can enroll students for 1-3 credits.
credit of paid internship requires 200 hours (600 hours for
3 credits). Unpaid internships earn 1 credit every 75 hours,
require only 200 hours for 3 academic credits.
Center counselors work with students to locate an appropriate
internship by providing leads and strategies a student can use
in finding and securing a position.
Students can also do their own job research. That’s what
sophomore Christina Failma did: “When I was looking for
an internship,” Failma said, “I did research on several
companies, determined which one I wanted to intern with, and
then I called them and asked if they had an intern program.” Learning
that they did, Failma applied and interviewed for a summer internship
at Hickam Air Force Base. The counselors at HPU’s Career
Services Center can help with job search strategies, or students
can pursue their own with the help of Web sites such as summerjobs.com.
Here’s their top 10 tips for finding a dream internship:
1. Plan ahead: Start looking for a summer internship in February.
2. Write a résumé and cover letter: Tell them
your skills and experience.
3. Know your audience: Before applying for the internship, research
the company and know what you can contribute.
4. Use correct spelling and grammar. Not having good writing
skills will automatically put your résumé at
the bottom of the pile.
5. Attach letters of reference. A good reference letter from
a professor could give your résumé that extra
6. Be clear about your availability. Being reachable is one of
the first things employers look at when hiring.
7. Don’t wait for the internship to come to you. Be proactive.
Go out and look for it.
8. Network: Use whomever you know, including friends, family,
9. Get the right contact information: Know who is in charge of
10. Pave the way for your career. If you find your dream internship
use the experience to secure a job or find another internship
that will work you up to your career.
Finding an internship can be stressful and disappointing at
times, but don’t give up. The right internship is out there. As
junior Jontue Martin said, “If you want an internship bad
enough, you’ll do your best to get one!”
Jaime Ahmed, staff writer, contributed to this story.
“The college maintains an extensive
list of employers with interesting communication opportunities,
many of which include pay, and the student gets academic
Dr. Larry LeDoux, assistant professor of journalism