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

Why Intern

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.
  • Network!
  • Identify employers of interest to you.

FIFTH STEP - Prepare and Follow-up on Interviews

  • Practice your interviewing skils (schedule a mock interview for practice and feedback).
  • 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 you.