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Find an Internship
Companies hiring recent graduates look for those who took the initiative to complete internships while a student. You are responsible for finding and applying for your internships. Applying for internships will also give you the experience of applying for professional opportunities in a field you are interested in exploring.
Career Development is a resource for you throughout your internship experience. We can assist you with internship listings, resources, the application process and the registration process to receive academic credit.
Prepare Application Materials
- Resume & Cover Letter
- Samples of work (if needed)
- Schedule a resume critique
- We recommend you prepare for your internship search in the fall semester of your sophomore year
- Login to your Handshake account and search internship opportunities
- Make an appointment for help with your search
- Sign up for email alerts to get notified when new internships are posted
- Utilize faculty, family and friends to help you identify internship leads
- Apply to 5 or more different internships
- Be sure to follow application instructions precisely
- ALWAYS include a cover letter (an email of interest) introducing yourself, what you are applying for, and why you are interested in that that specific opportunity
- Write an effective cover letter for each application (Cover Letter Guide & Templates)
- If applying by email, your cover letter will be the email and you will attach your resume as a .pdf file. If applying online, you may upload a .pdf or paste your cover letter in a form field. It is recommended you always draft your cover letter in a Word document first so you can spell-check, refine, and save your letter without accidentally hitting “send” early
- Remember: Application times vary & many employers hire months in advance. Apply early to be in the running for your preferred internships. You may miss out if you wait to the last minute
- ALWAYS follow up by email or phone 1-2 weeks after you apply (download sample of what to say in a follow-up email/call)
- Employers pay attention to applicants who take the initiative to follow up
- They've seen your resume, now they want to meet you!
- View our interview resources