Co-op and Internship Search Checklist

The following checklist is a suggestion for how to think about and progress through the Co-op / Internship Search process. But keep in mind, each student’s internship/co-op search is different. Some will find our internship/co-op postings and career fairs an important part of their search. Others will need to develop a more individualized search focused on employers and organizations beyond those associated with Miami University. So, as you begin your search, contact a member of the Career Services & Professional Development staff for help in clarifying your career goals.


  • Quick Connect with Career Services & Professional Development. Begin checking our Handshake for co-ops and internships.
  • Create a draft of your resume.
  • Schedule an appointment to review your resume and to discuss your internship or co-op search.
  • Attend a Basic Interviewing Skills Workshop. This workshop is required for anyone interested in either attending the Miami Oxford Career Fair and participating in on-campus interviewing or participating in mock interviewing offered by Center for Career Exploration & Success (CCES) in Oxford. Contact our office for the Regional Campus workshop dates.
  • Finalize your resume. 
  • Schedule an appointment to discuss interviewing.
  • Check your wardrobe for proper interviewing attire and consider purchasing items as necessary.
  • Research employers attending the Oxford Career Fair at Millett Hall; some employers recruit for jobs, internships and co-ops.
  • Attend the Miami Oxford Career Fair at Millett Hall in September.
  • Develop a “prospects” list of potential employers in which you are interested.
  • Use your network: who do you know (and who do they know) who may have an internship or co-op opportunity? Consider faculty, family, friends, alumni, student-affiliate groups of professional organizations, social media, etc.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile, and learn how to use social networking sites in your search.
  • Prepare customized cover letters for each internship or co-op opportunity.
  • Apply for internships or co-ops with early deadlines (e.g. federal government). Don’t forget to check for opportunities on Handshake.


  • Conduct follow-up phone calls with prospective employers.
  • To verify credit is available for your internship/co-op, contact our office. Academic credit should be arranged prior to the start of your internship!


  • Continue to network and inform contacts of your internship or co-op search plans.
  • Continue to update and edit your LinkedIn profile.


  • If you are just getting started, begin with the AUGUST / SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER / NOVEMBER / DECEMBER portion of the checklist.
  • Revise your resume as necessary. Check Handshake for available opportunities.
  • Begin preparing for Spring Internship & Career Expo (Spring ICE) held at Millett Hall in February.
  • Attend a Basic Interviewing Skills Workshop, this workshop is required for anyone interested in either attending the Miami Oxford Spring ICE and intending to participate in on-campus interviewing or if you intend on participating in mock interviewing offered by CCES in Oxford. Contact our office for the Regional Campus workshop dates.
  • Expand your “prospects” list of potential employers.
  • Apply for internships and co-ops (those posted) and/or contact employers that may be willing to create an opportunity for you.


  • Review the Spring ICE printed list of employers and check the Miami Oxford CCES website for additional information.
  • Attend Spring ICE at Millett Hall.
  • Follow-up with contacts made at Spring ICE and interview with those in which there is a mutual interest.
  • Check Handshake for available opportunities.


  • Begin preparing for the Job Fair held at Miami University Hamilton Campus, in spring semester.
  • Review the Job Fair materials once available.
  • Attend the Miami Regionals Career Fairs.
  • Tip: Spring Break is a good time to schedule interviews with employers.
  • If you are still seeking an internship or co-op in May, continue to network and make direct contact with employers. Some opportunities may still be available.
  • Continue to check Handshake frequently.
  • Keep in mind that many employers will post their opportunities a semester ahead of when they need the intern or co-op student.