An Internship and Job Search Checklist for SHU Students

An internship and job search can feel overwhelming, so it’s helpful to break it into manageable steps. The good news is you don’t have to do every step in order. For example, you can start working on your resume before you identify what you want to do. Just start checking off as many of these activities as you can, and you'll find yourself on the way to a great opportunity. Be sure to activate your Pioneerlink recruiting account to access internship and employment opportunities exclusively for SHU students and alumni. Remember, you can receive assistance for every one of these steps by contacting your Career Coach in the Career Development and Placement Center.

Step 1: Confirm your basics – contact your career coach for help

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Identify your skills, strengths, interests and values.

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Identify the skills you need to develop for your career objectives (i.e, writing, developing, researching, analyzing, communicating, problem solving, calculating).

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Determine internships which will contribute to this skill development.

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Create or update your resume.

Step 2: Register with Pioneer Link and prepare your tools

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Upload your resume for approval, understand how to write a cover letter, confirm at least 3 references.

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Search job postings for internships that might be a fit.

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Take note of announcements: employers visiting for information sessions, on-campus recruitment, employer panels.

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Review the Employer Database for a list of organizations that have a relationship with SHU.

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Use the SHU Alumni Network as a source of contacts for informational interviewing.

Step 3: Expand your search

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Identify your top organizations and develop a system to track your contacts and interactions.

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Identify SHU alumni, friends, family, and social contacts who might be able to give you advice or connect you to someone affiliated with your target list of organizations.


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Request information interviews – meetings over the phone or in person where you can ask for advice or suggestions regarding your internship search. Always follow-up with a thank you note and promise to keep them posted on the progress of your search.

Step 4: Utilize the Internet

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Linkedin: Find at least 50 connections. Establish contacts, follow your top employers, apply to internships.

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Glassdoor: Find internship postings, salary information, company reviews.

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Use other websites to find opportunities: Internships.comInternmatch.comYouternIdealist.

Step 5: Prepare for Interviews and Interactions

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Develop a 30 second speech for short encounters with employers.

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Conduct research on the company and the type of internship opportunities.

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Develop a list of insightful questions for the interviewer.

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Contact a career coach for mock interviews, help preparing for an interview, or help in evaluating your internship search process.

Adapted with permission from Liberal Arts Career Services/UT Austin.

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Five tips for finding internships online

By Colleen Sabatino, The Intern Coach

  1. Understand the search process, which is similar to Googling. Enter the keywords, such as the field/major, state, or city. If you’re unsure of what you want, search all states or enter a broad field, such as Communications. Then, narrow your choices by paid or unpaid, college credit or not, or by hours required. Be wary of internships that lack descriptions or don’t list responsibilities. If you’re uncertain about a company, Google it to find our more about its history and business operations.

  2. Check dates. Each online internship posting lists a date, stating when the internship starts. More and more internships have open dates and are available year-round, allowing you to do your internship at a time that fits your schedule. Companies are becoming much more flexible, so even if the posted dates are not convenient, the company may work to accommodate your availability. Don’t hesitate to ask.

  3. Update your resume and cover letter. Make sure that you add all new information, including any campus organizations that you’ve just joined or class projects or volunteer work that you’ve begun. Since most online internships involve phone interviews, you might want to consider what you would say during the interview. You could even ask a friend to role play with you in preparation.

  4. Explore virtual or remote internships. Doing an internship from your own computer in your dorm room can seem like an excellent way to gain experience. But be sure to check them out carefully since you won’t be onsite. Find out how much mentoring you’ll receive and who will be your key contact. Do get a clear description of the type of work you’ll be doing. It helps if you can view the work of former virtual interns. And review the terms of payment, academic credit, and expected hours.

  5. Follow up on your online applications. Email each company to make sure that your application was received, and ask how long the process will take. Indicate your enthusiasm for the internship, emphasizing your skills. If you have the name of the person who receives the online applications, direct your inquiries to that person. Otherwise, call the company and ask the receptionist to connect you to the appropriate department or person. Since a company may receive hundreds of online applications, you want to make sure that your name stands out.