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 tips and resources to help you find…or create…an internship that’s right for you.


  • Diversify your internship search:
    • Contacts – get referrals from friends, family, professors, advisers, etc.
    • Events – employer information sessions and departmental, university, and regional fairs
    • Online – Handshake, UW departmental websites, employer websites, internship clearinghouse sites, internet keyword searches, etc.
    • Create your own – approach an organization you feel passionate about with a proposal stating how you could benefit them and what you could learn from them
  • Get your materials together:
    • Draft and polish a resume, cover letter, intro email, and thank you email. The importance of these documents cannot be overstated; make sure they are error-free and tailored to specific internships.
    • Create a professional LinkedIn profile.
  • Evaluate opportunities:
    • Does the internship involve meaningful work or just menial tasks?
    • Does the employer seem committed to providing ongoing supervision and feedback?
    • Are you genuinely interested in the internship and do you have time to fully engage in it?
  • Next Steps