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General Internship and Job Search Resources

Tips for Using These Internship and Job Search Resources

Students all start their internship and job searches differently. Some students know exactly what kind of internship or job they want and in what city. Others have a general idea as to what kind of internship or job or they want and might be location flexible. Depending on where you fall on that spectrum, you will approach your search differently.

Some students start their internship or job search as early as their first-year and some don’t start to look for a job until their senior year. The earlier you start your search, the easier it will be to find people who can help you get the experience and information you need to complete a successful search.

If you are not quite sure where you want to work or what you want to do, but have areas of interest start here:

  1. Use a site like indeed.com, an “aggregator” site that gathers job postings from every possible industry, company and job board out there! Sites like indeed.com allow you to search by internship or job title, company, and location. You can find similar sites in the General-Job Banks section below. Several videos that illustrate how to search for internships and jobs are also available to you.
  2. In the search, put in key words that are relevant to the kind of job or internship you think you might be interested in. For instance, if you are interested in doing leadership development, you might try the key words “leadership development,” “learning and development,” “executive development,” or “human resources” since typically those jobs or internships fall under a human resources function.
  3. You can also narrow your search by location. If that is important to you, use a specific location. If your main goal is just to do some research, consider leaving the city open so you can see all of the job and internship possibilities.
  4. Browse the jobs and internships that come up in your search. Look for themes in the opportunities that you find most interesting. What experience are they looking for? Where are they located? What industries are they aligned with (e.g., non-profit, marketing, government, consumer products). See if new key words start to surface based on the jobs or internships you find interesting and use them to refine your search.
  5. Save the jobs or internships that look interesting to you by creating an account and clicking the “save job” button.
  6. Do this every couple days or once a week. Over time, go back to your saved jobs and internships and again see if you notice any emerging themes. You may find there are industries or opportunities that you did not even know existed, but that match with your interests and skills!
  7. IMPORTANT: Once you have identified jobs or industries that look interesting, begin to use the major and industry-specific internship and job search links. These resources will introduce you to specific opportunities, organizations and networks in your major or interest area. And remember, you are the product of a unique cross-disciplinary liberal arts education; don’t be afraid to explore job or internship resources in other majors, interests or academic divisions that you find yourself drawn to. For instance, a student who is an English major could very easily find a job at a marketing or public relations firm. A student who is an education major and interested in training could become a learning and development specialist for a corporation or non-profit. Take the time to explore the resources for other majors and interests. There is a world of opportunities out there waiting for you!
  8. It is also very important that you learn more about the industry sectors or career paths you’re considering. The Center for Career Exploration & Success’ site has a Stay Informed section that contains free e-newsletters, twitter accounts and RSS feeds. These resources are designed to help you make informed career choices and prepare for the informational interviews, networking meetings, and actual interviews that will lead you to a job or internship offer.
  9. Lastly, you should never stop reaching out to the Center for Career Exploration & Success staff, faculty, alumni, family, and friends to see if they can put you in contact with people who work in the companies or fields that interest you the most. LinkedIn is a powerful tool that helps you connect with alumni. You can use these networks to discuss the jobs or internships you have identified, as well as to multiply the number of job or internship opportunities that may be available to you.

General

General Job and Internship Boards (national and geographically specific)
Athlete’s Guide to the Center for Career Exploration & Success
Career Planning
Company and Organization Research
Career Resources for Students with Disabilities
Career Resources for Diverse Students
Career Resources for Veterans
Employment Outlook
Financial Literacy
Graduate and Professional School Information
Intern Housing and Relocation Information
International Internships and Jobs
Miami University Domestic “Study Away” Programs
Miami University Undergraduate Research
Salary Information
Summer Science Internships
Summer Jobs

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