An internship is a real-world experience related to your career interests providing an opportunity to learn specific skills, knowledge, and connect with others.

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.


91.7% of spring 2018
graduates indicated
their internships helped
them prepare for their career.

The internship search

Find your focus

Be clear about your goals and what you would like to get out of an internship. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • What type of experience are you hoping to have?
  • Do you want to receive academic credit or funding?
    • Many CEHD majors require an internship or field experience as part of your degree requirements for graduation. Connect with your major advisor to determine their specific requirements.
  • 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)
  • How do people in your field connect with each other?
  • Learn how to research careers.

Create an effective resume, cover letter, and portfolio

Having good marketing materials (resume, cover letter, and portfolio) is essential to a successful internship search. Begin creating your materials early!

Find internship opportunities

  • Search Handshake for internship postings.
  • Apply to on-campus interviews through Handshake
  • Attend CEHD career events and campus job fairs.
  • Create a list of organizations you would like to intern with and contact them directly. Many internship positions are not advertised.
  • Share your career interests with who you know and see who they can also connect you with. This is the best way to learn about unadvertised opportunities.
  • Create your own internship with an organization that does not have a current internship program.

Prepare for the interview

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