Finding Internships

Finding Internships

There are many effective ways to find internships. The most successful internship-seekers devote time and energy to search using a variety of strategies and refuse to give up if at first they don’t find what they’re looking for. Below are some proven ways to locate internship opportunities.

 

Talk to People

Contacts

  • Fact – 80% of all jobs are found through networking.
  • Advice – Attend networking events, talk to your professors and use LinkedIn’s “Find Alumni” tool to find people to do informational interviews with.

Job & Internship Fairs

  • Fact – We host fairs every autumn and spring with more than 60 employers spanning many fields, including tech, business, non-profit and government.
  • Advice – Commit to attending at least one of the fairs and a pre-fair workshops on networking and maximizing your career fair experience.

Other Employer Events

  • Fact – Each year, Career Services hosts over 30 employer-focused events, such as info sessions, networking events and resume review nights.
  • Advice – Check our online calendar for employer info sessions, networking events, resume reviews and employer panels.

Use Campus Resources

Handshake

  • Fact – Employers such as Google, Microsoft, Starbucks and Nordstrom use Handshake to advertise internship opportunities.
  • Advice – Set up your Handshake profile and do some keyword searches in the Job Search section.

Internships for Credit

  • Fact – UW Bothell offers several course-based internship opportunities and you can receive academic credit AND pay for an internship.
  • Advice – Talk to an academic advisor to learn about the options you have for receiving academic credit for an internship.

Career Services Advising

  • Fact – You can get 1:1 advising on your internship search strategy, application materials and how to maximize your internship experience.
  • Advice – Make an appointment with our Career & Internship Specialist: www.uwb.edu/studentsuccesscenter/appointment

Search Online

Employer Websites

  • Look for internship info on the websites of employers of interest

Internship Sites

General Posting Sites

Keyword Searches

  • Open a browser, type “internship”, and then type something else like an industry, a city, etc.
  • Ex: “marketing internship Boston”

Tips

  • Don’t just search online.  Diversify by NETWORKING!
  • Don’t worry about trying all the strategies listed.  Pick a few and do them well.
  • Be patient.  Finding the right opportunity usually takes a little time.  Stay positive!

Adapted from UW Seattle's Career & Internship Center resources

Tips

  • Don’t just search online.  Diversify by NETWORKING!
  • Don’t worry about trying all the strategies listed.  Pick a few and do them well.
  • Be patient.  Finding the right opportunity usually takes a little time.  Stay positive!