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Steps to Find an Internship

Finding an internship that is a perfect for you is like a treasure hunt where you have to dig several places before "striking gold."  Remember that securing an internship is only part of the career planning process.  For assistance with any of these steps, contact Ogden Honors College Director of Career Development Cindy Seghers at cseghers@lsu.edu or (225) 578-0269.

Step 1.  Self-Examination

Assess your interests, values, abilities, and personality preferences.  Start by completing an online assessment.  Explore career goals by researching literature and checking out online resources such as the Occupational Information Network and the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

 Step 2.  Research

Find out as much as possible about career options in which you are interested.  Attend a "How To Find An Internship" workshop offered by the Experiential Learning Office or LSU Career Services.  Schedule an individual appointment with the Experiential Learning Coordinator.  Check out the Internship Leads Database and Careers2Geaux .  Investigate other web sites such as www.internship.com and www.internweb.com.  Attend the Career Expo each semester and discuss internship opportunities with employers.  Talk with faculty about internships they believe would enhance your career path.  Ask other students who completed an internship about their experience and what they recommend. Conduct information interviews with professionals in a selected career field. 

Step 3.  Get Organized

Most organizations or companies require a resume and cover letter.  Other commonly requested items include transcripts, writing samples, references, and formal applications.  If you do not have a resume, you may want to attend a Resume Writing Workshop and/or meet with the Experiential Learning Coordinator. 

Register with Careers2Geaux  so you can submit your resume and schedule interviews with employers coming to the LSU campus.

Based on your research, select a manageable number (15-30) of companies to target and send them a letter  or e-mail of inquiry, or begin the application process (for listed positions).  Be sure to make a note of all application deadlines!!  It is also a good idea to create a list or Excel spread sheet to track this information.

Step 4.  Wait

When all the application materials are completed, mail them and ........wait.  It may take up to a month to hear anything.  If the application deadline has passed and you haven't heard from the employer, make a (polite) phone call asking if they received all your materials, if they need additional information, and when interviews will be conducted.  You may be persistent but not annoying as you pursue opportunities.

Step 5. Interview

This is a crucial step if you want to secure an internship.  In order to be well-prepared for a face-to-face meeting with an employer, it is to your advantage to learn and practice effective interviewing skills.  Attend an Interviewing Skills workshop or research interviewing information to learn tips on making the most of your interview.