- Please keep in mind that most internship interviews take place 3-6 weeks prior to the start of the internship.
- If you applied during the early or competitive ranges, there could be a long wait until your this process begins, during which time you may be asked to complete agency-specific applications (large federal agencies require applicants to complete their own internal applications in addition to the TWC application).
- As you wait, you can monitor your progress on TWC's accepted student website, complete housing forms, and select your TWC class.
Your TWC Accepted Student Account
- Once you are officially accepted, you will be sent a TWC username & password so that you can go into another section of the TWC website and monitor your account.
- You can see exactly to what agencies your application materials are sent.
- Monitor this regularly and begin to research agencies and employers listed there.
- This site is also where you will find your housing agreement, pay your housing deposit, and view the TWC Course Guide for your evening class.
The Internship Matching Process
- As part of your acceptance, you will receive an email to set up an online advising session (through Zoom) with a one of the staff members of TWC's Office of Internship Site Relations.
- This person will work with you individually to find some internship sites that meets your goals, will become your main pre-arrival contact at TWC, and will act as your agent in DC, sending your materials around to offices and agencies that would be a good fit.
- Please keep them informed of any changes to your plans, goals, or requests.
- Actual phone interviews don't start happening until 3-6 weeks before you are scheduled to arrive in Washington DC.
- Even if you applied for the earliest of deadlines, do not expect any employers to start contacting you until about 3-6 weeks before check-in.
The Phone Interview
- As your TWC semester nears, internship site supervisors who have reviewed your materials and think you'd be a good intern for their agency or office will call you to schedule a telephone interview.
- It is vital that you monitor your referrals online and research each employer and interviewer before the interview.
- Be as prepared and as professional as you would be for an in-office job interview.
- Take advantage of any offer to do a mock phone interview with TWC staff!
- Arrange the interview during private time in a place where you know you have a good connection and will not be disturbed.
Employers want to know:
- What are your goals for the internship?
- What are you passionate about?
- Do you want to learn? What skills do you wish to gain?
- What is your work ethic and character? Are you willing to work hard, take initiative, ask questions?
- Will you fit in? Many of these offices are small, and you will be working with a team of professionals who spend all day together. Making sure your personality won't clash with theirs is a big part of the seeing if you fit in. So, be yourself!
- Ask questions! Have some ready, take notes. Show that you have done your homework, ask about specific projects you may be assigned, or what a typical day may be like. The TWC accepted student site has a sample of possible questions, start there but also come up with your own.
Accepting and Declining Offers
- Do not feel like you have to accept the first offer that comes along, or that you have to say "yes" or "no" on the spot.
- Graciously thank the person for the offer, and ask for some time to discuss it with family or your advisor.
- Employers usually expect this and want you to make a good decision.
- Don't worry about declining an offer if it's not a good fit or not what you want.
- A week is usually about the most time they can wait for an answer, but every office is unique.
- Your UNH TWC Liaison will hold a meeting with all outgoing students to go over paperwork and get you registered for INCO 682.01: Washington Internship, and your one independent study course, for 4 credits.
- We will also complete financial aid paperwork, and review other expectations at this time.
- TWC has set times for check-in and orientation. It's your job to arrange transportation so that you can participate in these required activities. Washington DC is very easy to navigate using public transportation.
- Do not expect to get typical academic holidays off, and there is no "spring break" in the professional world. Assume you are to be there full-time, every week for the entire length of your internship.
- While you are in DC, remember that you always have safety nets:
- Your TWC Program Advisor for your internship program
- Your Internship Site Supervisor
- Your TWC Faculty Member
- TWC Student Life staff
- And, your UNH TWC Liaison
If you have any questions, problems, or concerns, bring them to the appropriate person in a timely fashion!