How to Find Internships
Self assessment is important as you start your search for an internship. Know what you are looking for in order to find your ideal fit.
Questions to Ask Yourself
Sample Starting Questions
- What skills are you looking to gain?
- What field(s) are you interested in?
- Are you location-bound?
- Are you looking for paid/high salary opportunities or are you able to be flexible?
- What office culture/environment do you thrive in?
- What are your values? Does this position and organization uphold them?
- Are you looking for a job that will pay bills, or directly relates to your career goals?
- How qualified are you in relation to the position description?
After you’ve assessed your needs and interests, spend time preparing your application materials and utilizing helpful tools for the search process.
Prepare for the Search
- Self-Assessment. See questions above.
- Résumé. Create/update a draft/template.
- Cover letter. Create/update a draft/template.
- LinkedIn. Create/update profile.
- Application tracking sheet. Develop in Excel/Google Sheets.
- Timeline. Review industry-specific recruitment timeline.
- Make time. Schedule time for job/internship-related tasks and research.
Utilize our tools and resources to find opportunities that are the best fit for you. Begin your search in Launchpad, through the Career and Identity/Affinity Community pages or the Full Time Jobs and Employers and Mentors sections under the “Explore Opportunities” tab. These resources will help you identify internships, employers, and mentors that are of interest to you.
There are other resources out there to help you in your search:
- LinkedIn – Connect, network, find jobs and connections to employers
- Resources, Tools, and Job/Internship Search Databases
- Past Internship Organizations and Experiences of Drew Students
- Organizations’ HR/job page
- Field-specific search engines
- Ask faculty – They are experts in your field!
After you’ve done your research, it’s time to apply your knowledge and send in your applications.
- Search and connect with people on LinkedIn
- Customize each résumé and cover letter per job description
- Review application materials with the Career Center
- Prepare interview questions and responses
- Send thank you letters to all interviewers and everyone who has helped you with this process
How to Register Internships
If you are interested in registering your internship, then please email email@example.com with:
- The term & year you intend to register for (Fall, Jan, Spring, Summer)
- The name of the organization you are working for, where it is located (city, state), and its website
- How many credits you intend on registering for (0, 2, or 4)
- Potential transferable skills you hope to gain/develop further in this role
- Your potential faculty evaluator (an actively teaching professor from Drew University); be sure to inform them and your internship supervisor to expect a form to confirm their participation in this role
- During Drew Virtual Time, please specify if your internship will be remote. At this time, non-remote internships will not be registered.
Once this email is received, students will be added to the Google Classroom course for the term where they can find and upload their assignments, including the following forms: the Student Learning Contract (filled out by student), Faculty Confirmation Form (filled out by faculty evaluator), and Job Supervisor Confirmation form (filled out by job supervisor). After these forms are completed and approved, students will be registered for the course, INTC 200.
Retroactive credit is not allowed, meaning that you cannot register an internship after you have completed it. Our office no longer takes paper copies of internship-related materials.
You are expected to work a set amount of hours depending on how many credits you are registered for. Only active work hours during the dates of the term you register for will count towards your minimum required hours:
- 0 or 2 credits = minimum of 70 hours
- 4 credits = minimum of 155 hours
Please be aware that there is a $350 cost associated with summer and Jan Term internships, regardless of a 0, 2, or 4 credit internship, with an additional $25 application fee. If you have questions regarding this fee, please contact Student Accounts by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in receiving financial assistance, you are encouraged you to apply for an internship award, preferably when your internship registration is in a more finalized status. Please be aware that awards are not guaranteed for any student.
If you have further questions, then please email email@example.com.