Resources to Help You Find an Internship
To obtain a listing of internship opportunities, please contact the Dean of your program of study.
- Bucks On Line Job Board:(Bucks’s web- based employment system). To register for the On line Job Board, go to https://bucks-csm.symplicity.com/students/
- Bucks Center for Student Employment and Career Development: links you to all campus-wide career fairs, resume building workshops and job opportunities on and off campus. Check out the upcoming events.
- Company web sites: Research specific company websites and type in the word ―”Internship” in their search box. Many companies do not list/post their internships on large internship websites. They know that interested students know how to search their company website for internship opportunities.
- Student Organizations: provide valuable information regarding internship opportunities. Check with members of your student organization to see where they may have interned in the past.
- Social Media: Utilize LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to maximize your internship search. Many organizations are using social media to post positions and recruit interns and employees.
- Your Department Dean: and your instructors. Many instructors have connections in the community and they may be able to recommend potential internship opportunities.
- Networking: (ask around): Contact individuals you may know who work in your field of interest. Find out if their company hires interns. Even if they don’t hire interns, don’t get discouraged. Ask if they are willing to have a volunteer come in and work a few hours per week. Sometimes you have to start volunteering in order to open doors to a future internship opportunity. Many jobs and internships are found by word-of-mouth. Ask friends and classmates about their internships, job shadowing or volunteer experiences.
- Job shadowing: job shadowing gives you a chance to observe daily office activities, ask questions, and consider the potential pros and cons of a particular industry or profession. You will also discover what workplace skills and career-related experiences are essential in your chosen field.
- Non-profits: Non-profit organizations are always looking for volunteers and this serves as a great way to meet people and open doors to a possible internship in your future. Narrow down the type of non-profit you would like to work/volunteer for and search online to find ones near you. Adding community service to your resume is a great way to tell future employers that you care about your community. Many websites are available to help you find a volunteer opportunity. Check out www.volunteermatch.org
- Professional organizations (PO): Most industries have a professional organization local chapter available to students as well as employees in the field. As a student, take advantage of joining a local PO that matches your career goals. Use this opportunity to meet companies in your area and network with employees. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to everyone in the organization. Some PO’s have discounted rates for student membership. Weddles Association Directory (www.weddles.com/associations/) is a great place to begin searching for the PO related to your career field.
- Cold-calling: is still one of the best ways to find interesting opportunities in your field. Here are some tips to help you be successful with cold calls:
- Speak in a polished and professional way.
- Do research about the company before contacting them. Write down questions to ask about opportunities with their company.
- Have your resume in front of you so you are prepared to tell them about you and your career plans.
- Follow up with your calls. If they say to call back and speak with a specific person as a specific time, then follow up on this lead as instructed.
- Make your phone calls from a quiet place, away from distractions and noise. Have a pen and paper handy to jot down notes and directions for future opportunities.
- Don’t be afraid to ask if there is someone you can meet with in person to discuss job shadowing, volunteering or internship opportunities.
- Other Resources to find Internship opportunities: