- What is an internship?
- Timetable & checklist
- Search strategies- how to get started and links to opportunitites
- Resources- programs & college specific links
- Federal and state internship opportunities & events
- Aggregate search engines yield many options: Indeed.com, Linkup, Google Jobs, or Simplyhired
- Research opportunitites: Options by major ● Research Centers in BSOS ● Undergraduate Research Events
- Spotlight: Where have BSOS students interned?
Access openings not advertised anywhere by gaining leads from friends, family, and contacts. This is the number one most effective search strategy to identify openings! Start the conversation with the steps below. Read more: How to Create Opportunities Rather Than Compete for Them, by Vault.
- Make a list of EVERYONE you know, regardless of their profession (i.e. you don’t know who they know!)
- Informational interviews - request 15-20 minutes to learn more about their career path or organization
- Track your progress and follow through on referrals
- Top questions to ask during a “job seeking” informational interview
- Research organizations to add to your target list.
Expand your network
- LinkedIn - join groups or review UMD’s alumni page to connect with alumni and employers of interest
- Terrapins Connect - connects students with UMD alumni
- Employer networking events - attend to meet professionals and gain knowledge of openings
- Linktank - offers a listing of off campus events, grouped by professional interests
- Intern - make the most of your internship by requesting informational interviews
- Intern for a Day - one day shadowing experience that allows students to forge connections
- Career Shuttles - a half day, group experience to visit an organization of interest
Expand your search: Identify organizations of interest
Identify what type of organizations are of interest and contact (via mail, email, or in person) the organizations to inquire about potential openings, regardless of an advertised position. Research your industry’s hiring trends because this method may not be appropriate to implement in all industries.
- When drafting your list consider these factors
- Identify organizations to target through research
- Use a google map search to locate organizations in your area
- Consider using an aggregate job/internship board (i.e. listed above) to narrow the search to organizations in your location who hires individuals with your skill set
- Access hidden positions in federal or state agencies
- UMD Library, CRI: Career Resources Information
- Read reviews of the organization- Glassdoor, Indeed, Better Business Bureau
- Vault offers employee reviews, over of company’s culture, etc. (free access to UMD students & alumni)
- Review each of the organizations’ websites to analyze their services, mission statement, etc.
Make a connection, start a conversation, and make a positive impression
“Follow” the organization’s website. Many organizations have a You Tube Channel, Twitter handle, LinkedIn Page, or Facebook that you can follow, like, or post engaging comments. The University Career Center can help with connections. Review: Terrapins Connect ● UMD LinkedIn Alumni Page ● UCC Calendar of Events.
• BSOS Blog features job/internship opportunities (on and off campus)
• On Campus Interview program, interview for off campus positions on campus
• Part-time job positions off and on campus (how to tips)
- Choose 2-3 search strategies to implement
- Take a career development course
- Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Job Seeker, NACE
- Tips for protecting your personal information during a job search
- Out of state job/internship search tips
- Avoid job scams
- Evaluating offers
Resources for Protected Groups
- Career resources for military veterans
- Resources for LGBT students
- Resources for Students of Color
- Resources and tips for ex-offenders job searching
- Job Search Tips for International Students, Vault article
- Diversity & inclusion career resources
- Resources for students with accommodations and disabilities
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