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Johnson Career Center|College of Business

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The skills acquired in searching for an internship are the same skills you will use when searching for a job.  An internship search should start early and be goal-oriented to help keep you focused. Ask yourself these questions as posed by Charland and Lawson in an article on the NACE website:

  • Where do I want to do an internship?  My hometown? Out-of-state?

  • What type of work would I like to do and in what field?

  • What type of organization do I see myself working for?

  • What do I want to gain from an internship? What specific skills or experiences do I want to acquire?

  • Where have other business students interned?  Read about past interns' experiences with organizations large and small, for profit and non-profit.

Here are a few ideas to help you find internship opportunities:

  • Search UW2Career, the University's online internship and job posting system. Start if if you are looking for local opportunities.

  • Search through other useful nationwide or worldwide sites.  Find a list here
  • Engage in JCC sponsored employer events to learn about various industry representatives seeking to hire COB students.

  • Attend the University's Job and Internship Fairs held once every semester.

  • Visit the websites of companies for which you would like to work.  Many companies have established internship programs.

  • Read the emails sent out by the Johnson Career Center and/or stop by the JCC.

  • Network. Let people know what you are looking for and start a LinkedIn account.  Remember that these search activities will prepare you for the impending job search!

  • In many cases, a part-time, full-time, or temporary job may also be considered for internship credit if:

a. It is not with a family business

b. You have recently been promoted OR you have been with the employer less than three months

c. You will complete a minimum of 80 hours of work for every hour of desired credit  

Please note: You may receive credit for multiple internships or receive more or less than the standard 3 credit hours.  Please inquire with the JCC to learn more.


Once you have found internship opportunities for which you would like to be considered:

  • Visit the JCC to create or review your resume and cover letter, learn and practice interviewing techniques or get help with other questions about internships.

  • Follow the instructions to submit your application materials which will be outlined by the employer or on the internship/job description.  Only include materials the employer has requested.  In most cases, the employer will follow up directly with you.

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