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Beginning Your Internship and Job Search

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

Identify Your Target

Know what you are looking for before you begin your internship or job search.

Create Effective Job Search Tools

Be certain the three most important tools in your search are working for you.

Build Professional Experience

You are focused on getting a job in a particular field. An internship or related experience can help you decide whether that field is really for you.

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 as you are working, you have 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, please 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 and 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 you should pursue an internship

  • Explore potential careers
  • Learn how to conduct a job search
  • Build work-related skills
  • Experience a "3-month interview"
  • Network with people in your field
  • Become more marketable for your future job search

Before you begin your internship search, you should reflect on:

  • Your interests, strengths, skills and experiences
  • The skills you hope to gain or refine through an internship
  • The types of careers that interest you
  • Other career choices that may be available to you

If you need 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 particular interests and skills might match skills needed for various careers.

Once you are comfortable with your major and want to begin pursuing your career goals, schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor for assistance with your internship search.

You may be interested in obtaining academic credit for an internship. Because academic departments have different policies for granting credit for internships, we suggest you contact your academic advisor or faculty advisor to learn more about your home department’s specific policies. If your home department does not offer internship credits for the internship you are interested in completing, the Center for Career Exploration & Success offers pass/fail internship credit - EDL 340. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Jennifer McLaughlin

Internship Resources

How can you create your own internship?

  • Interview with employers who recruit at Miami
  • Contact employers in particular fields or cities that interest you
  • Network with friends, relatives, alumni, faculty
  • Participate in informational interviews

Handshake

Handshake is the Center for Career Exploration & Success' online recruiting system. It is accessible to student using mobile devices as well.

You can use the system to:

  • Sign-up for mock interviews and on-campus interviews with employers
  • Upload resumes and other documents for use in your job or internship search
  • View job and internship postings
  • View the Center for Career Exploration & Success events (i.e., Career Fairs, Information Sessions, and Workshops
  • Access employer profile information
  • Have your resume included in the Resume Book for employer viewing

Troubleshooting

Questions or concerns? E-mail Handshake@MiamiOH.edu.

Networking

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Offer/Acceptance Guidelines

Full-Time or Internship Offers: So that students can make an informed and thoughtful decision, employers are strongly recommended to provide the following minimum deadlines for student acceptance of employment offers: 

  • Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters: 3 weeks minimum response time, from receipt of the written offer.

In some cases students may ask for extensions beyond these deadlines; we ask that employers accommodate these requests as possible. We suggest that all employers extend offers in writing, and strongly encourage all students to accept or decline in writing.

We do not allow the use of exploding offers. An “exploding offer” is one that requires a decision in conflict with the timing mentioned above or offers incentives to induce students to accept offers early, such as diminishing bonuses and location preferences.

The Farmer School of Business maintains a similar internship and job offer/acceptance policy. The Farmer policy also discusses penalties in the unlikely event that a business student reneges an internship or job offer.

Students with questions or concerns about an offer for full-time employment or an internship are encouraged to contact their Career Center Advisor.