Prepare

Internship Search Preparation

What to look for in an internship? 

  • Mentorship: A site where a supervisor provides you constructive feedback and guidance.
  • Learning Environment: An internship which enhances learning. 
  • Compensation: An internship can be paid, unpaid or for internship course credit.

Internship Search Process  

  • Step 1) Resume Review 
  • Step 2) Cover Letter Review 
  • Step 3) Develop an Internship Search Plan 
  • Step 4) Search & Apply 

4-Year Internship Plan 

The Career Center encourages students to keep these goals in mind throughout each academic year to secure an internship. Also, we recommend you to leverage the Career Center services and resources available to you. Our goal is to support you with your career development. Remember the preparation for the internship search process is never too late to start!

First Year

  • Visit your Internship Specialist in the Career Center to familiarize yourself with the Career Center services available
  • Acquaint yourself with Handshake and LinkedIn
  • Attend a resume writing workshop or drop-in to the Career Center and develop your resume

Second Year

  • Update your resume and cover letter and have it reviewed by a Career Counselor
  • Practice interviewing skills through a career counseling appointment, Big Interview online platform, or attending an interviewing workshop
  • Attend Career fairs and networking events and use LinkedIn to build relationships with potential employers
  • Visit with your academic departmentInternship Coordinator and Internship Specialist to explore internship opportunities

Third Year

  • Update your resume and have it reviewed by a Career Counselor
  • Attend a networking workshop to practice initiating conversations with prospective employers
  • Attend Career Fairs to continue exploring internship opportunities and build relationships with employers
  • Apply to internship opportunities via Internship databases
  • Intern with an organization in your desired field

Fourth Year

  • Update your resume and have it reviewed by a Career Counselor
  • Practice interviewing skills through a career counseling appointment, Big Interview online platform, or attending an interviewing workshop
  • Attend a salary negotiation workshop to prepare for full time offers
  • Apply for full time employment or graduate programs in your desired field