Job and Internship Search Basics

Searching for a job or internship can be a full-time job, and the responsibility rests with you alone. On average, it can take six to nine months of active job searching for a senior or recent grad to receive a job offer for after graduation. There is no magic formula for finding a job that fits you, but the information below will help you get there. Being proactive in your search will lead to more success. Opportunities will not come to you, but you can learn ways to find "hidden" opportunities.


The first step in searching for a job or internship is knowing yourself. Make an appointment with Career Services for help identifying your interests, values and skills.

Before you begin searching for an internship, think about the following questions:

  • What do you want to learn from an internship experience?
  • What skills/knowledge can you contribute to an internship site?
  • Do you know how the internship will help you with your career plan?
  • What resources will you use to secure an internship?
  • Are you aware of all the risks and the benefits of an internship?

Similarly, when beginning your job search, start by identifying and articulating your goals. Write an objective statement that includes the industry you want to go into as well as the skills you can offer.

Consider the following criteria and identify what you need in a position for it to be satisfying.

General Qualities

  • Size of a city
  • Distance from family & friends
  • Type of location (urban, rural, etc.)
  • Cultural opportunities

Employment Qualities

  • Salary
  • Benefits (health insurance, vacation, etc.)
  • Opportunity for advancement
  • Fit with supervisor/co-workers