Internship Search Checklist

The following checklist is a suggestion for how to think about and progress through the Internship Search process. But keep in mind, each student’s internship search is different. Some will find our internship 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.

AUGUST / SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER / NOVEMBER / DECEMBER

  • Quick Connect with Career Services & Professional Development. Begin checking our Handshake for internships.
  • Create a draft of your resume.
  • Schedule an appointment to review your resume and to discuss your internship 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 with early deadlines (e.g. federal government). Don’t forget to check for opportunities on Handshake.

SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER / NOVEMBER / DECEMBER

  • 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!

WINTER BREAK

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

JANUARY

  • 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 (those posted) and/or contact employers that may be willing to create an opportunity for you.

FEBRUARY

  • 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.

MARCH / APRIL / MAY

  • 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 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 student.