Finding an Internship - Getting Started Remember that by "internship" we mean "related experience" which could also be part-time work related to your field, so be open to possibilities. See lots more information to the right...
#1: PLAN: IT’S A PROCESS AND TAKES TIME!
Plan to spend several months looking for an internship. You will have to do some research, start networking, find opportunities, and apply to many organizations to land a great internship.
Think about the type of organization you want to work at, and what role you want to explore. You will be much more successful if you are targeted vs. applying all over the place. Not sure? Speak to your advisor and/or make an appointment with Career Services to discuss your career goals and narrow your options.
#3: REFINE YOUR RESUME
Your resume is an essential tool to communicate your strengths to a potential employer. All related experiences are valuable, including course projects, student leadership, and volunteer work. See Resume Tips handouts.
#4: CREATE YOUR HANDSHAKE PROFILE
You'll find loads of internship postings, career fairs and other career events that can help you to find a great internship.
#5: LEARN HOW TO WRITE COVER LETTERS
You need to communicate to employers why you will be an asset as an intern at their organization. If there is a job description for the internship, read it very carefully, and target your letter to exactly what they are looking for. See the end of this handout for an example.
#6: USE YOUR NETWORK (including Faculty and LinkedIn) TO FIND OPPORTUNITIES
You will be MUCH more successful in finding internships if you use your network of friends, professors, advisors, family members, and anyone else you know to discover organizations in your field, and potential contacts within them. Tell everyone you are looking! LinkedIn is a great place to find alumni who are willing to help you.
#7: READ THE INTERNSHIP GUIDES (in the box to the right)