Starting Your Job/Internship Search

Internships are an important step towards finding a career that aligns with your personal goals and passions. The Career Consultants and Internship Coordinator within Letters and Science Career Services are here to help you navigate a successful job or internship search. We review resumes and cover letters, conduct mock interviews, and can provide individual career advice.

What is an Internship?
Simply put, internships are an opportunity for you to gain valuable real-world experience while making connections in professional fields you are considering as career paths.

What is the Value of an Internship?
1. Try out a career on a short term basis
2. Develop marketable skills and gain hands-on experience in a field of interest
3. Develop relationships with professional contacts for future networking
4. Greatly increase your chances of finding employment post-graduation


Starting Your Internship Search

When beginning your search for an internship there are many factors to consider that will help you reach your end goal.

  • When do you want to complete an internship? (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • Do you want or need to gain academic credit for your internship experience? Check out information about Inter LS 260, a one-credit, on-line course offered to all students regardless of major or year in school each Fall, Spring, and Summer.
  • What skills would you like to use or develop? Use the Internship Predictor Tool to help you evaluate your personal preferences and develop the skills to find the right job.
  • Who do you know that you can connect with during your search?
  • Is your LinkedIn profile up-to-date and reflective of your interest in gaining experience in a specific industry?
  • Is the position paid or unpaid, and if unpaid, what is your financial plan? Click HERE for information on our Summer Internship Scholarships.

Helpful Internship Resources

Effective Job & Internship Search Strategies (PDF)

A free, exclusive UW-Madison database for students searching for internships, jobs, on-campus interviews, and more!  Registration Required

A database of international internship listings, as well as country-specific guidelines for resumes, work permit and visa requirements, as well as employment trends. (Subscription to this service provided by LSCS through your FREE BuckyNet account)

UW-Madison International Internship Program (IIP)
Living and working abroad are fantastic ways for you to develop the necessary skills to compete in an increasingly global economy.

Federal or State Government Internships
Looking to intern for a state or federal government agency? Click above for more information.

Morgridge Center for Public Service
Volunteer & Internship opportunities with an emphasis on public service

Student Organizations (WIN)
Student organizations are a great way to network, gain experience in an area of interest, and build your resume.

UW Student Job Center
Working on-campus is a great way to earn money and gain valuable experience and networks while going to school.

Not finding an internship opportunity of interest or would like help with the process? Contact for guidance.

Steps Towards Securing a Job/Internship



Many employers will request resumes,
cover letters, and references as part of the
application process. Click on the links to
learn more about each of these components.


Cover Letters


A successful interview is the result of
preparation, practice, and execution.
Check out these interview tips to help you
walk into your next interview feeling confident.
Want to practice your interviewing skills before
the big day? Click HERE to schedule a mock
interview with a career consultant.

Top 10 Interviewing Strategies
Tips for a Successful Interview

Before you accept an offer, you should consider cost
of living, benefits, and the culture if you are relocating
to a new city. Use these tools to learn more about
how to calculate your costs and how to negotiate with an employer.

Salary Resources

NACE Salary Resource
CNN Money Cost of Living Calculator
Money Management

Negotiation Strategies

4 Negotiation Tips for New College Grads
Increasing Your Value through Negotiation
5 Common Negotiating Mistakes 



References are professionals, selected by you, who can speak to your unique skill set, work habits, personality, and other job qualifications.


It is common for an employer to ask you to provide three to five references. When thinking about who to choose as a reference select individuals who can attest to your work skills, abilities, and style. Examples of appropriate references include a current or recent supervisor, faculty members, advisors, co-workers, or individuals you’ve worked with in organizations.


Before providing a list of potential references to an employer, be sure to ask for their permission. This will allow your references to prepare to speak to potential employers on your behalf. It is good to provide your references with a copy of your current resume and details about the position you are applying for so they are better prepared to answer any inquires.


List references on a separate sheet from your resume, while staying consistent in your formatting, using the same header as your resume. For each reference list their name, title, work address, work phone number, and email address.

Additional Internship Resources

LSCS Sponsored Resources

BuckyNet – UW-Madison exclusive job search database for students and alums searching for internships, jobs, or sign up for mock interviews. Registration required (follow BuckyNet link for directions)

GoinGlobal –  International internship listings as well as country-specific guides for resume/CV’s, work permit and visa requirements, as well as employment trends.

Subscription to this service provided by LSCS through your BuckyNet login.

  • Internship Wordle