Internships, whether paid or unpaid, are a very important part of your personal and professional growth. They are a key way to learn about what you want, as well as what you do not want, before you commit to a post-graduate career. We encourage you to use internships to explore your interests, try something new or work/volunteer internationally. To learn more about how to pursue an internship opportunity, please make an appointment with a Career Coach.
How do I find an internship?
There are plenty of resources to help you find internships that fit your interests and needs. Here are the key resources that we recommend you explore:
Student Internship Database – As with other areas of exploration, utilizing the experience of the CMC Community can help narrow down your search focus. The Student Internship Database is no different. This site is a compilation of data giving key information on past internship experiences. This information can help you create a list of possible companies/experiences to explore further. There is also student contact information, allowing you to reach out and inquire about the experience, get feedback, and determine if a similar path might be of interest to you. The previous intern may also be able to provide you with contact details of a person to reach out to at that organization.
Handshake – This is one of many resources, but the only direct link to employers actively searching for CMC talent. As with any search engine, utilize key words and/or filters to help hone your search. Make sure your profile is current and your resume is available for public view. If you apply for a job or internship, employers will use this information!
LinkedIn – LinkedIn is another resource for finding internships. As with Handshake, a key word search, coupled with filters, can help narrow your search. Make sure your profile is current, and you have a resume for public view. If you do apply for a job or internship, employers will likely check out your information on LinkedIn.
Company websites – Did you know that some companies do not post internships/jobs anywhere except their company website? As you conduct your research, keep a list of potential companies you want to work for. In addition to the search efforts listed above, regularly check these company websites for new postings.
What if I can't find an internship?
Creating Your Own Internship - Just because a company has not posted an internship position on its website does not mean that it does not offer internships. In fact, most do, or would be willing to, with the right proposal from a prospective intern. Do not be afraid to contact employers with a cover letter and resume and express your interest in an internship with their companies.
The following information outlines the steps involved in developing your own internship opportunity. In addition, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with a Career Coach to guide you through the process:
- Define your internship - clarify your interest.
- Network - explore options and identify prospective internship sites/contacts.
- Prepare a targeted resume and cover letter.
- Craft your proposal.
- Make contact - send out your resume, cover letter and proposal.
- Be persistent and send thank-you notes.
How do I request financial support for my internship or experience?
The Sponsored Internship & Experience Program provides funding for summer experiences in the US and abroad. In 2017, CMC financially supported nearly 300 internships and experiences during the summer. The application process and more details can be found on the Sponsored Internship & Experience Program page.