Where do I find an internship?
Narrow your search by identifying your goals for an internship. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What type of internship am I looking for? (Paid, unpaid, summer, semester-long, credit, non-credit)
- What skills/experience would I most like to develop in my internship?
- What type of work environment best fits my interests and values? (For profit, non-profit, government, large or small organization)
- What qualities do I look for in an ideal supervisor?
- Draft a resume and cover letter.
- Schedule an appointment with Leighton School Director of Career Planning Mike Esposito to review your resume and cover letter.
Finding an internship is much like finding a job; it requires discipline and dedication on the part of the student. Here are some ways to maximize your search:
- IU South Bend Career Services and the Leighton School post internships on IUSBCareers. Log in the same way you log into One IU or Oncourse. Search for an internship, upload your resume and cover letter, and register for Career Services Events.
- Attend the Career and Internship Fairs at IU South Bend Student Activity Center
- Research companies and careers of interest to you
- Network with friends and colleagues and participate in student professional associations/societies related to your field of study
- Follow Leighton School and IU South Bend social media sites for internship announcements
Finding an internship can be very difficult for students, especially if you have no idea where to begin your search. Below is a list of websites that should help get you started. Many companies only post internships on their company website. In addition to investigating the following sites, it is recommended that you explore the websites of companies in your field to see if they have internship programs available.
Look beyond the internet…and network
- Not all internships are advertised. Make a list of organizations that match your internship goals and contact them to inquire about internship opportunities.
- Request an informational interview
- Suggest the idea of an internship
- Spread the news that you are looking for an internship with family, friends, and acquaintances.
- Talk to faculty about your interest in securing an internship. Ask if they know of any upcoming internships. Contact Paul Piller to discuss your interests and learn more about internships.