Summer Jobs and Internships Provide You with Opportunities to:
- Gain valuable work experience before graduating
- Develop skills
- Evaluate personal likes and dislikes that will enable you to make sound
and confident career decisions
- Develop professional contacts
- Gain confidence in your abilities
- Build a stronger resume, which will help you later in obtaining full-time employment
Regardless of the job market, a career-related summer job or internship is
critical and can make the difference when it comes to obtaining a full-time
position. More employers are using work experiences as screening devices
to assess the skills and abilities of prospective employees. Skills learned
on the job supplement the skills learned in the classroom. A career-related
summer job or internship is likely to give you a competitive edge when you
seek your first job.
Each year, students obtain interesting, substantive, and career-related
summer jobs and internships. The keys to their success: preparation and
an early start in the summer job search process.
Steps to Finding an Internship
FIRST STEP - Determine Your Interests & Priorities.
- Do you want career-related experience? The opportunity to travel? Funds
to support tuition fees?
- Self-assessment instruments are available to help you explore what
you would like to do and what career paths are available. Contact our
office for more details!
SECOND STEP - Explore Your Options.
- Research career options through networking with family, friends,
alumni, and employers
- Conduct informational interviews
- Identify prospective employers
THIRD STEP - Develop a Resume to Emphasize Your Skills.
A resume can effectively present your background and distinguish you
from other job seekers.
FOURTH STEP - Start Contacting Employers Early
- Participate in the UVA On-Grounds Interviewing Program
- Search the Handshake Internship Listings
- Contact the manager of an organization in your area of interest, as
well as the Human Resources department of a company. Call, email or write
to request information regarding internship and summer job opportunities.
- Identify employers of interest to you.
FIFTH STEP - Prepare and Follow-up on Interviews
- Practice your interviewing skils (schedule a mock interview for practice
- Always send a thank-you letter to the interviewer expressing your appreciation.
- If you were not granted an interview, follow up your application with
a phone call, a letter, or even a visit. Your interest and enthusiasm
will distinguish you from other job seekers.
This internship plan is a rough outline of the steps to take in finding
an internship. You are encourage to attend an internship workshop or schedule
an individual appointment to come up with a strategy that is right for