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Internship Search Tips

Seven Helpful Internship Search Tips
Set the following* seven goals for getting an internship for academic credit:


1) Meet with or contact a Career Services representative.

We suggest Nine (9) months before starting your internship. In this meeting, a representative will work with you as you examine your career/academic goals and interests and pray with you.


2) Begin researching internships, utilizing Career Services CAREERLink and other suggested tools.

Eight (8) months before internship: What is your dream job? Is there a specific company for which you want to work? The CAREERLink ( has opportunities in government, non-profit, churches and etc.


3) Develop a resume/cover letter and apply if the application information is available.

Eight (8) months before internship: Make sure you have an updated resume. Visit the Career Services Office for assistance or check out

4) Explore getting academic credit for your internship.

Six to Seven (6-7) months before internship: Complete your internship registration form, which documents your request to have your department chair evaluate your top prospective internships. You will need to provide detailed information.


5) Prepare for the interview.

Four to Five (4-5) months before internship: Some employers want to interview prospective interns. Prepare for your internship interview like an actual job. Ask the Career Services Office to conduct a mock interview with you to get you prepared (


6) Select your offers and complete your paperwork.

Three months before internship: If you have more than one offer, choose the one which best fits your needs. Ask for assistance if you need help making your decisions. Once the decision is made, complete all paperwork with Career Services and then verify with the Registrar's Office your enrollment in the internship course. If you're not getting credit, verify expectations with Kita Graham, Assistant Director of Career Services.


7) Start your internship.

Remember to be punctual, have good attendance and communicate with your faculty sponsor. There are several academic requirements for your internship. Follow-up with the Career Services Office (757.352.4926) or ( or your faculty sponsor if you have any questions.

*Suggested timeline to accomplish goal: (based on Summer/June internship track).

For further assistance or information please contact Kita Graham or Career Services.