Welcome to the Career Design Center's internship resource page. Here you will find resources that can assist you with finding a an opportunity to explore your field of study. Your search should include exploration of potential employers, regular checking of job posting sites, and frequently networking with people and businesses, including family members, Geneseo alumni, faculty, and prior employers.
Effective Internship Search Strategies: An Overview
The internship search process begins with knowing yourself and what you hope to achieve after graduation. At Career Development we have a variety of resources to help you determine your career goals and to facilitate the process of learning about yourself. Below you will find links and resources to help you get started.
- Step 1 – Conduct a self-assessment and identify your:
- Step 2 – Explore your career options:
- Utilize the Career Development Virtual Resources
- Firsthand provides in-depth intelligence on what it's really like to work in an industry, company or profession—and how to position yourself to land that job. Take advantage of your FREE access:
- Career Advisor Network is a free online platform that connects alumni with current students and other alumni for one-on-one conversations about careers, job search, networking, and more!
- CareerShift helps job seekers successfully navigate the published and hidden job market to find career opportunities. Employers are vetted by CareerShift for authenticity to ensure you have the best employer pool to conduct your job and career research.
- O-net contains hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors on almost 1,000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook provides information about the nature of work, working conditions, training and education, earnings, and job outlook for 1,000+ different occupations in the United States.
- Research careers that meet your interests, skills, and values Conduct informational interviews and start networking through LinkedIn and the Career Advisor Network.
- Obtain career-related experience through related employment, related volunteer work, internships, pre-professional organizations
Meet with a career advisor. Virtual appointments can be scheduled with career advisors on Handshake for a telephone consultation or a video session. Drop-in appointments are also offered daily. Sign up via Handshake Events tab. If you are unable to schedule online, please call 585-245-5721 or email our office.
- Utilize the Career Development Virtual Resources
- Step 3 – Set your career goals:
- Clarify and be able to articulate what kind(s) of position(s) you prefer, what kind of organization you would like to work in and where you want to be geographically
- Determine if additional education is needed to meet your goals
- Develop your job search plan and consider devising back-up strategies
- Step 4 – Develop and conduct your internship search campaign:
- Have your resume and cover letter critiqued
- Contact Career Development to participate in a mock interview
- Join professional organizations and community groups
- Think like an employer in your field and ask yourself, “How do they meet their hiring needs?”
- Network with family, friends, professors, past employers, and neighbors
- Research organizations in your field
- Utilize the Office of Career Development web site for job listings on Handshake.
- Send resumes and cover letters to target employers
- Attend job fairs and participate in recruiting events
- Read the job board classifieds
- Interview with organizations of interest to you and send thank you notes
- Consider a temporary assignment or contract work Consider “stepping-stone” jobs
- Consider graduate school or additional training in your field
- Track your activity carefully
Students seeking internship credit for on and off-campus experiences are strongly encouraged to have adequate health insurance. If you do not have health insurance, you may contact Cynthia Wagner email@example.com to discuss affordable options.
Internship Search Resources
- Internship Listings by Field
- Regional Internships
Want to know which cities are hiring the most interns?
- International Internships
Read some tips on volunteering and interning abroad.
- Geneseo's Favorite Search Tools
Handshake: Handshake is SUNY Geneseo's online job/internship posting site. You should fully complete your profile and check this site often for internship opportunities. Use Handshake to upload your resume, save your job/internship search, have new internship listings emailed to you, and more. If you have difficulty logging in, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Employment Services: For students looking for part-time or seasonal work.
Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement : Provides opportunities for student learning and development through civic and community programming and engagement.
Search Local, State, Federal Government
- Government: County and Local
- Government: Federal
- Government: State
Searching for Internships as an International Student
Search process differ slightly for international students. Use these links for your career search purposes, and reach out to Career Development at email@example.com or 585-245-5721 with any questions.
- Working in United States Resources
- Department of Labor: Companies Filing for Labor Condition Application
- Firsthand - 10 Job Search Tips for International Students: Browse for internships where employers accept international students