Why do an Internship?
- “Test the waters” to see if a potential career is right for you
- Get some experience to add to your resume before co-op
- Help build your network of connections – employers love to hire from within!
- You may also want to consider an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates).
How is an Internship Different from a Co-op?
- While some internships are paid, many are not
- Internships tend to be flexible with a student’s schedule
- Internships can be part‐time or full‐time (8‐40 hours per week)
- Internships generally last from 6 weeks to 4 months, and may take place during the summer or academic semester
Websites for Internships
- Way Up (Formally Look sharp)
- One Day One Internship
- Internship Programs
- USAJobs (Internships with the Federal Government)
- goabroad.com (Internships Abroad)
- Job boards that also have internships: Simply Hired, Indeed, Idealist, and Craigslist
Best Time to Look?
The more competitive the internship is, the earlier you should begin looking. Start in October for big company internships, in January for others. Keep looking because they are posted daily.
View the Employer Engagement and Career Design events calendar for coaching labs and employer-based programs that may help during your internship search.
Visit the Career Studio to speak with someone from the Career Design team!
Security Tips as You Begin Your Job Search
The great majority of employers are honest, but for those employers who are not, be aware of these security tips:
- Never pay a recruiter or an employer for a job
- Never supply bank account, social security number or credit card information
- If the job sounds too good to be true, it probably is (examples, “no experience necessary” or “ earn money fast”)
- When you are in doubt, ask a career counselor in the Department of Employer Engagement and Career Design or Google the company name with the word “scam.”