An internship is one of the best ways to gain real-world experience while you’re still in college. If you’re going to find a summer internship, its best to plan ahead and start looking early. Here are some resources and things to consider as you get started.
First Things First
Before you begin looking for an internship, think about your interests and objectives. What do you hope to gain from the experience? What type of work do you want to do and in what kind of organization? Are you looking for a paid internship or course credit? Maybe both?
It is also important to consider your values, personality, and abilities before looking for an internship. Do you prefer working with people or on your own? What will make your internship experience meaningful? What major or career field might you want to pursue? For help in this self-assessment process, make an appointment with a career counselor at the Vick Center.
Once you’ve done some self-reflection, it’s time to begin your search. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Be campus-conscious
- Start with your college’s career services office. Each college has its own internship resources for its students.
- The internet is your friend
- Visit RecruitUT, which has a variety of resources for all students that can help you find internship opportunities, including upcoming career fairs for each college. Career fairs bring employers to campus who are looking for interns and take place in both the spring and fall semesters. Check out HireUTexas, a centralized internship and job database system with local, state, national, and international internships in a variety of fields.
- Looking for more options? Visit Indeed, the world’s number one job site, where you can search for aggregated internships and jobs posted on thousands of websites.
- Use your network
- Tell absolutely everyone you are looking for an internship! Let your family, friends, colleagues, professors, and employers. know what kind of internship you are seeking. They may have a connection in the right field. If you already know someone working in your field of interest, don’t hesitate to reach out to them. After all, many people gain employment through their network of connections.
Preparing Your Materials
In most cases, you’ll need a resumé and cover letter to apply for an internship. Stop by the Vick Center and pick up the handouts on resumé writing and cover letters to help you create and polish these documents. Then make an appointment with a Vick Center career counselor or your career services office to have your materials reviewed.
Still have questions? To make an appointment with a Vick Center career counselor, call 512-232-8400 or stop by the Vick Center front desk in JES A115. You can also visit us during drop-in hours, Monday through Friday from 1-3 p.m.