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: Know yourself.

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I have identified and can talk about my personal strengths, skills, interests, and values.

What situations bring out your best?

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I have made a list of possible job titles/fields of interest.

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I can name two or three careers/jobs I plan to pursue.

Step 2: Know where you want to work.


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I have researched organizations or companies that might hire someone with my skills, interests, and background.


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I have researched potential career fields: typical entry-level jobs, typical salaries, best geographic location for jobs, etc.

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I have identified the top three geographic areas where I’d like to live and work.

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I have identified 10 potential employers for the type of work I’m seeking.

Step 3: Get ready for the search.  On a scale of (1-10 with 1 excellent) How would you rate yourself in your readiness for a job or internship search?

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I have registered with the SHU Career Center by completing my profile on the PioneerLink System.


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I have had my resume and cover letter(s) reviewed by a professional in the field or a staff member at the SHU Career Development and Placement Center.


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I have developed a list of at least 50 target employers in my industry to begin researching opportunities and networking with potential links into these companies.

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I have developed my “30-second speech” for short encounters with employers.

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I have identified three individuals who will serve as references.

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I have developed my interview skills.


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I have prepared for interviews by practicing my responses to typical questions and/or doing a mock interview.

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I have an interview suit that is appropriate for the field in which I plan to work.

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I have a professional-sounding voice mail message in case an employer calls.

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I have a neutral/professional e-mail address to give to employers.

Step 4: Start Searching.  What could you do in the next 24 hours?

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I have uploaded my resume(s) to the Pioneerlink recruiting site 

I have created and developed an effective LinkedIn profile with at least 50 connections


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I regularly check the career center web site for career opportunities and I read the appropriate job-search resources for my field(s) of interest.

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I have a system for keeping track of my contacts, interviews, and other job-search activities.

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I follow up on every interesting job lead immediately.

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I have developed a list of potential networking contacts and keep in touch with them.


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I follow-up each cover letter with a phone call or e-mail to the employer requesting a job interview.


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I send thank you letters or e-mails to every person who interviews me (even informational interviews).

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

Completed an internship? Take our quick online questionnaire and share your experiences with our students.