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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.
Steps Towards Securing a Job/Internship
Many employers will request resumes,
TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS
A successful interview is the result of
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Tips for a Successful Interview
|SALARY AND NEGOTIATION
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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.
COMMUNICATING WITH REFERENCES
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.