What interests, skills, and talents do you want to use, improve, or develop in your internship?
What career paths do you want to explore with your major?
Exploring Your Options
Schedule informational meetings with faculty members to learn about your field of interest
Find out when the "hiring season" is for your chosen industry and adjust your plans and expectations accordingly
Review internship listings on LinkProfessional as well as other job search sites, specific to your industry; identify specific skill sets and desired qualifications for listings that interest you
Schedule an appointment with a career consultant to discuss your individual options and plan
3-6 MONTHS BEFORE YOU WANT TO INTERN
Create a resume and cover letter and have them reviewed during by one of our consultants
Upload your resume to LinkProfessional for review and approval
Identify what kind of internship you are looking for (e.g. location, industry, paid/unpaid, credit/non-credit, etc.)
Speak with professors and Professional Development consultants about your career interests and seek their professional advice
Identify specific organizations or businesses to target and find out about their internship application deadlines
Consider your financial needs
Participate in Professional Development’s events such as Sectoral Orienteering, on-campus interviews, mock interviews, seminars and panels, workshops, etc. to improve your skills and connect with employers
2-3 MONTHS BEFORE
Review the Internships For Credit information to determine if you want to register your internship for academic credit; Meet with your academic advisor to determine if you have elective(s) available; Complete the appropriate paperwork BEFORE the semester begins!
Create a target list of 10-20 organizations or companies that fit your interests; Talk to your professors about your internship plans and begin networking
Create a LinkedIn account and join alumni groups to connect with alumni in your industry
If necessary, prepare images, a design portfolio and a digital portfolio to present to employers
Access LinkProfessional: review postings weekly (check the LinkProfessional FAQ for answers to your questions
Begin applying for internship postings (including on-campus interviews) on LinkProfessional - be aware of deadlines!
1-2 MONTHS BEFORE
Continue applying for internship postings (including on-campus interviews) on LinkProfessional and other industry-related sites, as well as, directly reviewing and contacting employers on your target list – and keep a record of your applications so you can follow up
Review interviewing tips and attend a workshop or mock interview to improve your skills
Remember to always send a thank you note after each interview
If you are registering your internship for academic credit, begin the registration and approval process
DURING THE INTERNSHIP
Consider resources to help you maximize your internship, visit website like Quintessential Careers, The Savvy Intern, and WorkItDaily
Focus on job priorities and take initiative; always come prepared and never be without a notebook and pen!
Seek feedback and support; find a mentor and utilize any knowledge/expertise they are willing to share
Build and maintain your professional network during and after your internship (Hint: LinkedIn is a great way to easily stay connected post internship).