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Working As A Network Internship

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $75,670

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Internship Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Network Internship

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Network Internship jobs

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Network Internship Career Paths

Network Internship
Computer Technician Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Technician Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Technician Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Systems Technician Network Technician Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Technician Technical Support Specialist Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Systems Analyst Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Help Desk Analyst Senior System Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Network Administrator Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Operations Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
System Technician 4.4 years
LAN Administrator 3.3 years
Network Operator 3.3 years
MIS Administrator 3.2 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Network Technician 3.1 years
Network Designer 3.1 years
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Network Architect 2.9 years
Computer Networker 2.9 years
Network Integrator 2.9 years
Network Associate 2.6 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
Network Installer 2.2 years
NOC Technician 1.9 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Network Assistant 1.7 years
Network Internship 1.0 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 27.7%
Volunteer 5.1%
Cashier 4.0%
Top Employers After
Internship 14.2%
Technician 3.0%

Network Internship Demographics

Gender

Male

66.5%

Female

29.8%

Unknown

3.7%
Ethnicity

White

68.5%

Asian

16.2%

Hispanic or Latino

10.4%

Unknown

3.9%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.0%

French

12.1%

Mandarin

6.1%

Chinese

5.5%

Italian

4.2%

German

4.2%

Cantonese

4.2%

Arabic

3.6%

Hindi

2.4%

Russian

2.4%

Greek

2.4%

Carrier

2.4%

Japanese

1.8%

Ukrainian

1.2%

Portuguese

1.2%

Telugu

0.6%

Hebrew

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Danish

0.6%

Bulgarian

0.6%
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Network Internship Education

Schools

ECPI University

9.8%

Northeastern University

6.7%

Pennsylvania State University

6.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.3%

San Jose State University

5.8%

University of Phoenix

5.8%

New York University

5.4%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.9%

George Mason University

4.9%

Syracuse University

4.5%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.5%

Purdue University

4.5%

University of Vermont

4.0%

James Madison University

4.0%

San Diego State University

4.0%

University of Houston

4.0%

University of Maryland - University College

4.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.6%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.6%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Information Systems

13.0%

Computer Networking

12.5%

Computer Science

12.4%

Information Technology

12.3%

Business

8.4%

Electrical Engineering

7.0%

Computer Engineering

4.9%

Communication

4.2%

Information Systems

3.8%

Management Information Systems

3.0%

Marketing

2.9%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

Computer Systems Security

2.1%

Journalism

1.8%

Finance

1.8%

Social Work

1.7%

Psychology

1.7%

Kinesiology

1.4%

Management

1.4%

Information Sciences

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.5%

Masters

22.5%

Associate

12.0%

Other

10.5%

Certificate

2.0%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.5%
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Top Skills for A Network Internship

ComputerHardwareCustomerServiceRoutersPCLan/WanTroubleshootSetupActiveDirectoryDataEntryDesktopSupportTcp/IpRemoteWebInternetTechnicalSupportEmailVoipLinuxWindowsXPFirewall

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Top Network Internship Skills

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Customer Service
  3. Routers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Gained strong working knowledge of major networking components, network operating systems and computer hardware components.
  • Provided customer service for the testing center.
  • Implemented and troubleshoot serial WAN connections and the Frame Relay protocol in Cisco 1841 Series routers.
  • Identify the components of standard desktop PC, laptops, servers, routers, switches.
  • Install and manage LAN/WAN network connected devices such as servers and desktops.

Top Network Internship Employers