Searching for an Internship

So you're ready to begin your internship search, but you don't know where to start. As a first step, ask yourself these five questions:

  • Where do I want to do an internship? My hometown? Out of state?
  • When do I want to do an internship?
  • What type of work would I like to do? In what field?
  • What type of organization would I like to work for? A large corporation? A non-profit agency? Government?
  • What specific skills or experiences do I want to acquire?

Searching for an internship is a process, so be sure to start early, especially if you are interested in summer internships. Many employers recruit for summer internships during Autumn Semester or very early during Spring Semester. A few industries, such as the government, may recruit a whole year ahead.

Learn more about starting your internship search by viewing our web workshop Conducting an Effective Internship Search [pdf]. For proper viewing, download the file and open with Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.

Also consider taking advantage of these resources, guides, and tip sheets provided by Arts and Sciences Career Services:

Resume Review

Submitting a well-polished resume as part of your job application materials is critical, as this is often an employer's first step in determining if they want to invite you to interview with them. Learn more at the link above about how you can obtain a free resume review to receive valuable feedback about the effectiveness of your document and strategies for improving it.

Career Prep Advising

Career Prep Advisors can assist you with identifying and considering how specific resume builders such as internships will support your career goals and will suggest strategies for enhancing your candidacy for specific opportunities. These consultations are offered by appointment and an "office approved" resume (obtained by working through our resume review process) is required. Click on the link above to learn more.

General Job Search Strategies

The guides found in General Job Search Strategies cover topics such as how to obtain letters of reference or recommedation, build your professional online presence, and maximize your effectiveness at a career fair. Additional resources housed here include job searching tools such as, FutureLink, and other sites recommended by the career services staff for learning about internship and employment opportunities.

Career Exploration

Topics covered here include setting career goals and developing an action plan to achieve them. You can also learn more about your chosen career field and browse others.

Skill Development

Review guides and tip sheets to determine whether an internship is right for you, learn how to develop core workplace skills, and maximize your intern experience.

Other helpful guides include Communicating with Employers, Interviewing, Networking, and more.