Career Development Office - Internships & Summer Jobs
What is the difference between a summer job and a summer internship?
Summer jobs typically focus on the specific needs of the employer. They may need extra assistance to fill in for summer vacation schedules, or have a large project where they need a helping hand. Summer Internships, on the other hand, usually focus on the needs of the student. They will usually organized programs to help develop specific skills and educate student on the industry. It is important to consider both when looking for a summer experience. Either one will immerse you into an environment where you can learn about specific industry or careers.
- Plan early! Some organizations, including the Federal Government, have deadlines as early as November. Most of the openings for summer jobs and internships will occur between December and March. Ideally, do research during the fall semester and begin to make inquiries over winter break.
- Before searching, consider your goals and ask yourself a few questions. What career fields are you interested in? What do you hope to gain from your internship? What types of organizations are you interested in working for? Where do you want to have your internship?
- Come up with a plan and be proactive in your search. Don't rely only on email announcements or internships posted to OCEAN. Be creative and look for opportunities.
- Prepare a resume and cover letter. When you apply for a summer positions, many organizations will use these as their application. Attend a resume preparation workshop and have your resume reviewed to help you get started.
- Prepare for the interview. Be as familiar as possible with the organization. Talk to friends and alumni, and use the resources in the library and on the web.
Searching: Online (contact the CDO for sites requiring a password)
- This internships database houses all of the internships submitted directly to CDO and to all of the 30 highly selective liberal arts college members nationwide in the Liberal Arts Career NetWORK. To access this database, students must use your college email address and a password. First time users please enter your email address and select forgot password, your password information will be emailed to you. Returning users must use your college email address and the password you were assigned. If you have forgotten your password, notify LACN by clicking Forgot your password? and you will be emailed your password..
- OCEAN - internships
posted through our On-Campus Recruiting Program
- Internships.com - registration required - use promo code "bluebus"
- over 8000 internships from more than 7000
- 2800 organizations broken down by categories:
i.e. Advertising, Green, DC...
- online version of the Vault Internship Bible
- gives inside scoop based on surveys from past interns
On Careers - comprehensive info on industries,
with links to industry specific internship opportunities
- internship & apprenticeship opportunities
in all aspects of the theater
Career Opportunities - internships & summer
jobs with outdoor & environmental organizations
in Public Affairs - section with Capitol
Hill, Public Relations, and Public Affairs internships in the Washington,
Opportunities for Undergraduate Minority Students
- also contains useful links for all students looking for internships/fellowships
- foreign & domestic internships with nonprofit
and community organizations
Searching: Other Resources
- CDO Library - contains numerous directories and books pertaining to internships, experiential learning, and summer jobs.This is a good way to identify sponsors.
- Networking - with alumnae/i is a valuable way to learn about career information and is one way to uncover leads about available internships. Throughout the academic year the office organizes informal networking receptions to show you how approachable alumni/ae are.