Finding an Internship

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

  • 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?
  • Watch for red flags. Learn about questionable internship recruitment practices (in and out of the classroom), and how you can make good choices about the internships you apply for. Learn more here. 

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More Internship Search Resources:

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.

Additional Job & Internship Search Websites

Not finding an internship opportunity of interest or would like help with the process? Make an appointment with a career advisor

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

Who to Ask
  • 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.
  • 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.

How To Get Started Guide

What You Can Do

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