Launching an Internship & Job Search

As a student at SUNY Geneseo, you have developed strong communication skills and sophisticated means of finding information, conducting research, identifying issues, and solving problems. An internship or job hunt is just an application of the skills you already have.

Whether you are at the very beginning of your career path or about to change direction after years in your field, the Career Design Center is here to help! Please feel free to make an appointment with a career coach in our office to discuss career exploration. Along with our physical resources in Erwin 116, we offer several excellent online career planning resources.

Effective Internship & Job Search Strategies: An Overview

The job search process begins with knowing yourself and what you hope to achieve after graduation.  At the Career Design Center 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:


Step 2Explore your career options:


  • Utilize the Career Design Center 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 coach. Visit the Career Design Event Calendar for information about how to connect with our team.

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 4Develop and conduct your internships or job search campaign:


  • Have your resume and cover letter critiqued
  • Contact the Career Design Center 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 Career Design Center web site for job listings on Handshake.
  • Send resumes and cover letters to target employers
  • Attend job fairs and participate in recruiting events
  • 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
Step 5Evaluate and Negotiate Your Offers:

Introductory Resources

  • Big Interview - an introduction to negotiation:
    • Login (or register if it is your first time visiting Big Interview)
    • Select the Learn option from the main menu
    • Select Negotiation Curriculum
    • Select Negotiation Basics
    • Watch "How Negotiation Works"
  • Work Smart & Start Smart: Salary Negotiation - register to take a free self-guided online course on salary negotiation from The American Association of University Women (AAUW) 

Additional Resources for Salary Research

Search for jobs by major, location, and demographics. Consider alternative programs such as gap years and volunteer programs.

  Search FOR Local, State, Federal Government OPPortunities

  Search By Location

  search for part-time & summer at Student employment service

Other Internship & Job Search Websites

SUNY Geneseo Virtual International Internships

SUNY Geneseo Virtual International Internships - Opportunities to participate in online learning with international partners, which could take the form of coursework or internships. 

New York Job Exchange

New York State Job Exchange - Search for jobs and related labor information about your career. "By signing up, you can create a resume, apply for jobs, and have job listings sent to your email.”



Idealist – Action Without Borders - This Nonprofit Career Center connects people, organizations, and resources to "help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives."



Indeed - Indeed is an American worldwide employment-related search engine for job listings.

Career Builder

Career Builder - CareerBuilder is an online U.S. job site that gives users access to thousands of career opportunities.

Career Bliss

Career Bliss - A comprehensive resource that provides salary information, company reviews and ratings, and over 3 million job postings. Be sure to take the free BlissFinder Assessment test and read up on the latest career news and trends.

College Recruiter

College Recruiter - A job board for college students searching for internships and recent graduates seeking entry-level jobs and other career opportunities.


Glassdoor - Glassdoor is your free inside look at thousands of companies. Salary details, company reviews, and interview questions — all posted anonymously by employees and job seekers.


LinkedIn - Manage your professional identity. Build and engage with your professional network: access knowledge, insights, and opportunities.


Monster - "Create an account and upload your resume to be found by the recruiters who search Monster's databases every day." & ZipRecruiter Internships (Near Geneseo) or ZipRecruiter Internships (Near Geneseo) - ZipRecruiter is a leading online job and internship search engine and is rated the #1 Job Search app for iPhone and Android.

Parker Dewey

Parker Dewey - "Parker Dewey offers Micro-Internships. Create an account and immediately see available project opportunities and determine which ones are aligned to your goals and abilities."


SimplyHired - "Search for job opportunities across the United States on "Simply Hired." Browse by job category, city, state, employer, and more."

USA Jobs

USAJobs - Offers information on thousands of U.S. government job opportunities worldwide. Also, visit Making the Difference for tips on navigating the federal hiring process.