Before you search: understand internship search scams
Many internships are paid, legitimate internships. However, some employers prey on students’ desperation by offering internships that are unpaid or even fraudulent. Unpaid internships can be valuable if they are true learning experiences, but it is sometimes difficult to determine the learning component. Some organizations also may try to take advantage of students with outright fraud: do NOT send money or sensitive personal information to an internship posting. Read this article for more information about deciding if an internship is legitimate. You may want to review our information on job scams as well.
Great Places to Start
Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP) and Civil Engineering Cooperative Program (CECOP)
This competitive program, run by a nonprofit collaboration of business and four universities in OR (Oregon Tech, PSU, OSU, Univ. of Portland) now has 150 companies and about 600 students participating, mostly in Oregon. In 2015, Oregon Tech had 50 interns. Review MECOP/CECOP program, and talk to your advisor to find out more.
Where employers connect with Oregon Tech Students. Internships are posted throughout the year. Activate your account with your OIT email address. This is a great place to start, but should only be the beginning of your search. Select Internship, Co-op, and Experiential Education.
The biggest job search engine pulls postings from all over the web, including company websites. Try the Internship filter on the left, and create alerts to save time.
Google now has a powerful job search engine to rival Indeed.com
Long a source for inside information about salaries and interviews, now has internship postings. Use the filters to search for Internships.
BPA, the Army Corps of Engineers, and other Federal agencies have great internships, sometimes with short application windows. You need to be nimble to apply. Use their Resume Builder feature to ensure yours is in their preferred format.
Way Up acquired LookSharp to create one of the largest selections of paid internships; both business and non-profit positions.
Has grown quickly to be one of the top job search sites.
Company websites: the Careers or Work with Us sections
Interested in a certain company? Every company has a Careers or Work with Us or similar section where they list opportunities, and they will show up here before they appear on aggregator sites. You may need to look at the bottom of the site navigation or use the search bar to find it. Intel, as one example, has a robust Student site and expects job seekers to use it.
Other Sites to Search
400,000 entry-level jobs and internships from 25,000+ employers. They partner with professional sites like IEEE to post jobs and internships.
This site features an internship program of the week, as well as lots of helpful articles.
A year-round non-profit Portland-based internship placement service. About 90% of their internships are at Intel, but they have a growing number at other local companies. Start and end dates are flexible; about half the internships are during the summer and half during the school year. They are particularly interested in under-represented students. Apply once on the BEC website and access their many opportunities. A placement at Intel gives you a foot in the door, at which time you may apply for a regular Intel internship, which pays slightly more.
This program features many internships in the Portland metro area that are targeting students of color, lower income students, and students who are the first in their family to get a bachelor's degree.
CareerRookie.com, a division of CareerBuilder, connects students and recent graduates seeking internships, part-time jobs and entry-level positions with the nation’s top employers.
Kick start your career via internships at growing tech startups.
This site allows you to search for internships, has an iPhone app, lists articles and advice, etc. Creating a LinkedIn profile allows you access to the many features of this site. One feature is internship and job postings. To search for internship listings, go to the Jobs tab at the top of the page and put “[your interest area] + internship” in the search box. Then refine your search by selecting filters on the left side of the page.
Every day they cover one employer and the internships that they are offering for college students.
Industry- or Occupation-Specific Sites
On the Job Search page you will find many sites that are specific to Engineering, Healthcare, and other fields. In addition to job postings, there are internship postings and often other helpful career advice.