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Develop Your Own Internship

Downtown Campus

If you haven’t found the right opportunity on Handshake or other job boards, consider developing your own internship using these methods:

  • Ask faculty in your department about internship opportunities.
  • Network - Ask parents, relatives, friends and any other acquaintances if they have contacts at the places you’d like to intern, or ask if they know of organizations that might provide the type of internship you seek.
  • Search company Websites - Develop a list of organizations that may be a fit for you. Research organizations by visiting their Websites to learn about their mission, products/services offered, major divisions, and location.
    • Check out their careers / jobs section or enter “internships” in the search field
    • Identify specific departments / individuals to contact with your internship request. (University Relations Department, Marketing, or Finance department).
  • Conduct informational interviews - One way to learn more about the field you want to work for is by talking to someone in that field.
  • Contact the organization – Do a little preparation before contacting an organization via email, letter, or phone.
    • Have a clear and concise description of what you are seeking and what you can do for the organization
    • Be specific about the project you want to work on or type of work you wish to do
    • Highlight your skills, accomplishments, knowledge, etc.
    • Include your dates of availability, whether you are seeking a paid or non-paid, full-time or a part-time position.

    Once you find an internship or register itwith the Experiential Learning Center

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