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Adventures in Liberal Arts Learning!

Conservation Biology major Emily Goetz '15, spent her summer on the coast of Maine, interning with the National Audubon Society's Project Puffin.


There is no one right way to find an internship.  What works for you might not work for someone else.

Figuring out what type of internship is right for you can involve several steps: self-evaluation, preparing an effective resume, corresponding with organizations that interest you, taking action, and following up.

What do you want to do?
Do you know what you want to do? While you don't have to know what you want to do to find your first opportunity, the more you know, the easier it will be. Try to be focused while keeping your options open. If you want to increase your focus the assessment resources in CCI may help you with these decisions.

  • What are your needs and priorities?
  • What do you want to get from an internship?
  • Do you need to make money?
  • How much time will you devote (full-time, part-time, weekends, summer, semester)?
  • Do you wish to live away from home? What type of work environment most appeals to you?

Where would you like to live?
Sometimes where you want to live may be just as important as where you work or what you do. Start by identifying 3-5 cities where you would like to live. Websites like Find Your Spot will help you discover locations that may be right for you.

Where do you want to work?
You may already have organizations in mind in which you want to seek opportunities. Whether you know exactly where you want to try to get your foot in the door or you are still trying to identify target organizations. You are going to need to begin researching the industries and organizations.

Preparing an Effective Resume
The purpose of the resume is to land the interview. It is an important way to convey your experience and accomplishments so that the reader wants to meet you and learn more about you. While there is no one right way to write a resume, there are resumes that are more or less effective than others in conveying a positive, meaningful message to a given audience. Check out this helpful page for more information. 

Once you have an idea of what type of internship you would like to pursue its time to start looking for opportunities.

Check out the Internship FIND section for tips and resources.