Interested in completing an internship, but not sure of the next step? Review the questions below and then be sure to follow the procedures for registering and earning credit!
Steps to Finding an Internship
Step 1: What do you want? Focusing on a field.
You don't have to decide what you want to do with your life forever AND it's okay have more than one interest area - but you will have a much easier time with the internship search if you have an idea of what you want. If you're stuck on Step 1, there are many people and offices on campus that can help. Talk with your advisor, Career Services and the Director of Internships!
Step 2: Create a resume and have it reviewed.
Internships can be competitive (several students may be applying for the same position) and you want to put your best self forward! Career Services is a great resource. The vast majority of employers ask students to apply for their internship by emailing a resume or uploading it through their website (and sometimes a cover letter too - another reason to visit Career Services!).
Step 3: Find and apply for internships!
Once you have some focus regarding the type (or types) of internship(s) that would be most interesting, think about POSTINGS, PEOPLE, and PLACES.
POSTINGS - Be sure to start with HireAFlyer. This is Naz's online database of internships and jobs. If an employer wants to advertise an opening to our campus, this is where you'll find it! Beyond NazLink, talk with the Director of Internships about brainstorming other locations and websites to find postings in your area of interest.
PEOPLE - Make your friends, faculty members, parents, neighbors (everyone!) know you're looking for an internship. Talk to them about your interests and help them, help you. It is common for students to find their internship through a networking connection.
PLACES - Do you have a specific company in mind? Or - can you make a list of companies that do what you want to do? (Hint - the Director of Internships can help you do this!) Once we have that list, we can circle back to PEOPLE and POSTINGS to see if we can find a connection for you!
Make sure as many people as possible know that you are looking for an internship (connections can help create and identify internship possibilities!). Identify a "hit list" of potential internship sites. Research companies that are doing interesting and related things in your chosen field and then develop this list of persons and places to contact (Your advisor, the Director of Internships, Google research and other websites can help you create this list). Respond to internships posted on NazLink or other sites. You may want to meet with the Director of Internships to identify strategies best suited to your interests.
Then you actually need to apply! It can be a little anxiety-provoking, but don't let that stop you from hitting submit. Many of the best positions fill quickly.
**Remember, if you find or develop an internship on your own, be sure to talk with the Director of Internships and your departmental advisor about the position to ensure it will be approved for credit!
Step 4: Interview!
Many internships require an interview. This can be very different than interviews you've had in the past for part-time and summer jobs. Be sure to prepare! Career Services has resources to help you and also offers practice interviews.