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Internship and Job Resources

The Center for Career Exploration & Success offer many resources to help students find internships and jobs. Your student’s Career Advisor is always available to show your student which materials may be most relevant to his or her job search. Your student should remember Miami teaches the skills that employers value the most and that many of the world’s leading companies recruit Miami students. A resume and LinkedIn profile that include the most valuable skills will be recognized by employers no matter how or where they post their jobs and internships.

Before your student begins an internship or job search, he or she should keep a few key points about today’s job market in mind:

  1. No one job search resource captures all the jobs or internships that are available to your students;
  2. Employers in different industries post their jobs and internships in different places —sometimes on CAREERlink, sometimes on their own websites and sometimes on sites that are specific to a major or field of study;
  3. The majority of jobs and internships available through our career fairs are not posted on CAREERlink, but are shared with students through the Career Fair website and career fair booklets; and
  4. Many jobs and internships are never posted anywhere and are only available through networking, job shadowing and informational interviews.

So, students searching through the resources listed below shouldn’t feel discouraged if they can’t find the opportunities they’re searching for in any one particular job-search resource.

Handshake
A database of full-time, part-time, seasonal and internship positions filtered and maintained by the Center for Career Exploration & Success. Handshake lists positions from local, national, and international organizations. It’s also the first place to check for fairs, interviews, and other career-related events on campus.

Beginning Your Internship and Job Search
A compilation of links to help students find internships and jobs. The links are categorized by major and specific-career interest and include regional and international job sites. These are key resources for students who are not majoring in business or engineering.

What Can I Do With This Major?
Your student can learn about the typical career paths for specific majors and the types of employers that hire graduates within those majors, as well as strategies to make your student a more marketable candidate by articulating the value of his or her major. Your student can continue his or her research on majors and careers through major-specific links.

Internship and Job Search Videos
A collection of compelling videos that illustrate internship and job search techniques from leading experts across the country.

Career Fairs 
Miami holds several career fairs during the academic year. Your student should attend, learn about targeted companies, drop off resumes, or network for the future. Your student will receive regular notices about upcoming on-campus and virtual career fairs.

LinkedIn 
LinkedIn is the leading professional network on the Web. Your student's LinkedIn profile is an important supplement to a resume. Having a LinkedIn account and a complete LinkedIn profile allows your student to connect with classmates, alumni, faculty/staff, and industry professionals for networking purposes, and to find new opportunities for internships and full-time positions.

The number of career resources can be overwhelming, but there are job and internship search strategies and resources appropriate for every student, regardless of major or career goal.

To better understand the job and internship search process, it’s best to break it down into the manageable steps below:

Identify Your Target

Help your student understand what to search for before beginning their job or internship search.

Create Effective Search Tools

Be certain the three most important tools in your student's job or internship search are as strong as they can be:

Build Professional Experience

Your student may be focused on getting a job or internship in a particular field. But is that field a good fit for him or her?

Internships

What is an internship?

An internship is an opportunity that combines learning with work and offers a unique experience for career exploration. The essential component is that while your student is working, he or she has structured and intentional objectives to learn about a career field.

Internship Search Workshops

To find out more about our Internship Services and the methods of locating an internship, your student should attend one of our internship programs.

Types of internships

Internships can be full- or part-time, short- or long-term, paid or unpaid, for credit or not for credit, self-directed or mentor-led, or any combination thereof. Some employers have formal internship programs while others only offer internships on an informal basis.

In addition,

  • faculty-supervised research
  • high-impact student jobs
  • client-centered projects
  • service learning activities
  • studio-based projects
  • independent studies
  • student teaching
  • leadership roles with student organizations

have many of the attributes of a traditional internship, and can be just as valuable to a prospective employer.

Why your student should pursue an internship

  • Explore potential careers
  • Learn how to conduct a job search
  • Build work-related skills
  • Experience a "3-month interview"
  • Build a network
  • Become more marketable for your student's future job search

Before your student begins an internship search, he or she should reflect on:

  • His or her interests, strengths, skills and experiences
  • The skills he or she hopes to gain or refine through an internship
  • The types of careers that he or she hope to pursue

If your student needs career advice, such as deciding on a major, the Center for Career Exploration & Success also offers interest tests and individual counseling to help determine how your student's particular interests and skills might match skills needed for various careers.

Internship Resources

How Your Student Can Apply for an Internship

Each year hundreds of employers visit campus looking for interns and full-time employees. Hundreds of others post internships on Handshake. Don’t allow your student to miss out on any of these opportunities.

How your student can create his or her own internship?

  • Contact employers in particular fields or cities that interest him or her
  • Network with friends, relatives, alumni, faculty
  • Search newspapers, want ads, magazines, trade journals, telephone books, websites
  • Participate in informational interviews

Networking

Seventy percent of job and internship openings are never advertised. So how should your student discover them?

Interviewing

Your student has perfected his or her cover letter and resume and was invited to an interview. Now what?

After The Interview

Is this your student’s first job or internship offer? Help him or her assess, negotiate, accept, or decline the offer.

Post-Interview Correspondence

Center for Career Exploration & Success Programs

The job and internship search can be a little overwhelming for any student. Please urge your student to attend a Career Center program or meet with his or her Career Advisor to help smooth the process.