Internship Search Checklist

The Center for Career Exploration & Success is always here to assist you in your internship search. This checklist is a suggested timeline to guide you in securing a valuable internship experience. Steps may be completed and/or begun at varying times throughout the year.

Fall Term

  • Attend a Basic Interviewing Skills workshop.
  • Create/update your Handshake profile online, including uploading your resume.
  • Attend one or several workshops under the Communicating Your Skills and Job Searching sections in the Programs Guide. 
  • Attend one or more of the workshops covering Resumes, LinkedIn, and Cover Letters to understand how to create an effective resume, LinkedIn profile and basic cover letter.
  • Schedule a career advising appointment to review your resume, LinkedIn profile, cover letter, and plan your internship search. Appointments with your Career Advisor can be made online through Handshake.
  • Research employers attending Fall Career Fair at Millett in September. Some employers recruit for both full-time jobs and internships.
  • Attend one of our Career Fair Training Sessions to prepare for attending Career Fairs, Spring ICE, and on-campus interviews. Programs are listed under “Programs” on the Center for Career Exploration & Success website.
  • Schedule a mock interview with the Center for Career Exploration & Success; completion of a Basic Interviewing Skills program is required. Complete the Telling Your Story workbook prior to your mock interview in order to practice articulating your skills, abilities, and knowledge. 
  • Attend an Answering Tough Interview Questions workshop.
  • Explore the Summer Jobs links on our website to help identify potential internship opportunities.
  • Identify faculty, family, friends, alumni, student-affiliated groups of professional organizations, social media, LinkedIn alumni searches, employers and other networks that may have connections to internship opportunities.
  • Create a list of potential employers of interest and individuals to contact.
  • Prepare customized cover letters and other correspondence for each internship opportunity.
  • Apply for internships that have early deadlines (i.e., federal government, etc.).
  • Attend other Career Center Programs that target your particular organizations of interest and your internship search needs.
  • Conduct follow-up with prospective employers and individuals with whom you have networked.
  • If you wish to earn academic credit for your internship, check with your academic department to determine whether credit may be arranged. Not all departments will grant credit. Academic credit should be arranged prior to the start of the internship!

Winter Term

Spring Term

  • Attend a Spring Career Fair Training Session (typically offered in early February) for tips on how to prepare for the fair and to receive a printed list of participating employers which is also available online.
  • Review the Spring Career Fair employer list and research those of interest through our website, LinkedIn, and other online resources.
  • Use Career Assistant drop-in hours at Armstrong Student Center and satellite locations for resume critiques and other questions.
  • Attend the Spring Career Fair in February to explore internships and/or full-time employment with regional and national employers.
  • Follow up with contacts made at Spring Career Fair and request interviews when appropriate.
  • Meet with your Career Advisor to discuss your ongoing internship search, answer questions, and review your search tools including your resume, targeted cover letters, interviewing preparation, application materials, and LinkedIn profile.
  • Apply for posted internships and/or contact desired employers that may be willing to create an internship opportunity for you.  
  • TipSpring Break is a good time to schedule off-campus interviews with employers. 
  • Evaluate internship offers and select the best fit; consider transportation, housing, compensation, academic credit, and confirm start date.
  • Discuss internship learning goals and job responsibilities/expectations with your internship supervisor.
  • If you have not yet secured an internship by May, continue to network and make direct contact with employers. Opportunities may still be available!