An internship is a real world experience related to your career interests providing an opportunity to learn specific skills and knowledge. Internships are a great way to “test-drive” a career, gain professional experience, and develop your network.
Internships can be:
- Paid or unpaid experiences
- Done during the academic year or summer
- For academic credit or not for credit
- Part-time or full-time
- Abroad - Search for internships abroad under the "program features" option.
The Internship Search
- Find Your Focus
Be clear about your goals and what you would like to get out of an internship. Some questions to ask yourself:
- What type of experience are you hoping to have?
- Do you want to receive academic credit or funding?
- What skills would you like to develop?
- What career fields or industries interest you?
- What type of organization is a good fit? (government, for-profit, non-profit, education, large, small)
- Learn how to research careers
- Create an effective resume, cover letter, and portfolio
Having good marketing materials (résumé, cover letter, and portfolio) is essential to a successful internship search. Begin creating your materials early!
- Find internship opportunities
- Search GoldPASS and LandIt! for internship postings.
- Apply to on-campus interviews through GoldPASS
- Attend CEHD career events & campus job fairs.
- Create a list of organizations you would like to intern with and contact them directly. Many internship positions are not advertised.
- Talk to people. Networking is the best way to learn about unadvertised opportunities.
- Create your own internship with an organization that does not have a current internship program.
- View the online job and internship search workshop.
- Prepare for the interview