Ten Suggestions for Finding An Internship
- Start early. Don't wait until registration begins to start looking for an internship. Instead, begin your search the semester before you wish to start an internship.
- If you can afford it, don't automatically rule out unpaid internships. Some industries customarily do not pay student interns. Consider an internship as an investment in your future, not a short-term paycheck.
- Recognize that academic credit internships require you and the employer to complete paperwork in order to gain faculty approval and register for the course. Read the information packet now and plan ahead.
- Do not hold out for the "dream" internship. Rather identify three to five companies that you are interested in interning and apply for those which offer experience in your major and contribute to your skill set.
- Register with the UTSA RowdyJobs and post your résumé on the RowdyJobs system. This makes searching for openings easier and allows you to apply for most internships with just a click of the mouse. You can “Create a Job Agent,” with your established search parameters. Once you have named your “Agent,” assign a name and click Save. Job agents will send you an e-mail when any new/updated jobs matching this search are available. You can access your existing job agents at any time in My Activity.
- Give your résumé and cover letter a "check-up." Is it current and accurate? Does it communicate your experience and skills persuasively? Ask your career officer, a faculty member or friend in your field to review your work and offer suggestions.
- How are your interviewing skills? To take part in on-campus recruiting, you are required to take part in an interview training workshop primarily offered by the Graduate Business Career Services. You may also contact your career officer for a mock interview. These are recommended a week prior to your scheduled interview.
- Join a student professional association. Associations are excellent ways to learn more about your new profession, meet practitioners in your industry, and learn about good internship opportunities. Even better, become a committee chair or association officer. You will impress employers with your leadership on campus.
- Utilize all the resources available in your internship search, starting with your career officer Peter Morales (Peter.Morales@utsa.edu). He can assist you by providing a résumé review, a mock interview and internship search strategies.
- Be proactive. If you don't see a posted internship opening that is right for you, initiate your own search among the employers you wish to work for. Many employers will consider sponsoring an internship if approached professionally and well ahead of the registration deadline.