GVSU Career Center

How to Find an Internship

When looking for an internship, it’s important to give yourself plenty of time, so start your search at least one semester before you want to intern. While some search techniques are more effective than others, using a combination of the strategies listed below tends to provide the best results. You can also check out this video for more info:

How to Find a Co-op/Internship
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  • LakerJobs- www.gvsu.edu/lakerjobs. This is the Career Center's online internship and professional job posting board. You will find hundreds of opportunities listed here.
  • Network, network, network - Over 60% of internships are never posted so identify companies/organizations you are interested in and contact them directly.

Importance of Networking
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  • Connect with Faculty - Your professors are often very connected to the field they teach in and may have suggestions for you. Some departments also have helpful resources on their website.
  • Career Contact Bank - This is a subgroup within the GVSU Alumni Association’s LinkedIn group and contains employers who are interested in assisting and networking with current students.
  • Area Chamber of Commerce - Visit the Chamber of Commerce in the city you want to intern. They often have contact information for all their members (many Chambers have over 500 members!).
  • Attend Events - The Career Center and other departments on campus organize events that bring employers right to campus. These are great opportunities to connect with potential internship sites. View a list of Career Center's events.

It’s important to note that when speaking with potential employers you want to be sure you know the kind of experience you are looking for, the skills you have to be successful, and any academic requirements you may have to meet.

The Elevator Pitch
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Don’t forget to have your resume updated and ready to go! Many employers will require this when applying for internships. The Career Center is happy to help with any questions you may have about your resume, cover letter, or interview, so don’t be shy- give us a call or stop in!

Page last modified September 26, 2012