Finding an Internship
Finding and applying for internships is very similar to conducting a search for full-time employment. You must identify internship announcements, apply to postings and if selected, proceed through the interviewing and hiring phases.
Set Your Target
Determine the occupation and/or industry in which you want to gain more experience. If you are unsure of your career interests, need help narrowing down your interests or are unsure of what types opportunities to target, schedule an appointment to talk to a career counselor.
You can also learn about your industry and explore career pathways by using the Career Match tool.
Search by Industry or Location
- Through CareerQuest, you can post your resume and access job and internship openings 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you're seeking an internship or would like to see how your skills match with current job openings, bookmark this site, and visit often. Note: This service is only available to UMUC students and alumni.
- The CareerShift search tool returns results from every career site and job board. Save and organize all the relevant jobs that meet your search criteria, whether you search by job title, company name, keywords or location. Note: This service is only available to UMUC students and alumni.
- Internships.com is the world's largest internship marketplace and serves as the leading nexus between internships and students. Resources include an internship predictor, internship search, resume and cover letter builder and preparation tips. This quick guide will help you navigate Internships.com.
- InternshipPrograms.com is another site that allows you to browse for internships by employer, field, location or date. Job search sites like Monster College and CareerRookie also offer search boards with internship postings.
- If you're interested in an internship with a federal intelligence agency, we've compiled a list of available opportunities.
- Learn about how to secure a federal internship.
Search by Company
Finding internships by targeting companies is known as organizational targeting and can be approached from various angles.
You can start by researching and generating a list of companies that interest you. These may be well-known organizations, Fortune 500 companies or employers in your preferred commute area. Next, contact the companies to learn about and apply for internship opportunities.
Many companies, especially larger corporations, have formal internship programs. To find these programs, visit the company's Web site, then find the careers or employment page and look for the words "campus recruiting," university recruiting," "undergraduate opportunities" or "internships."
Conduct Informational Interviews and Network
Informational interviewing and networking are also helpful strategies for learning about internship opportunities. If you are changing careers, seeking employment with a competitive company or facing any other employment challenges, reaching out to professionals can help advance your internship search.
Informational interviews are initiated by a job seeker who would like to connect with a professional in an industry, occupation or company of interest. The goal of an informational interview is to network, learn more about the career field and find out about opportunities in that field or at a company.
You can find professionals to interview by using your personal network, social networks and professional associations. Don't be afraid to connect with professionals you don't know. Be sure to respect the person's time, be prepared and be professional. After the interview, provide the contact with your resume, and be sure to send a "thank you" note. You can learn more about informational interviews through an online tutorial.
Networking is essential to every job seeker, whether you are looking for a full-time opportunity or an internship. Enhance your internship search by connecting with professionals in your industry and using your professional and personal contacts to learn about opportunities.