Find An Internship

Find an Internship

Locate the Right Internship

How long does it take to find an internship?

Finding an internship could take one day or several months. The average search lasts about a month. The earlier you start, the more options you're likely to have. Some organizations have deadlines four to five months or more prior to the start date of the internship. Others review applicants and make offers one to two weeks before the start date.

What steps are involved in finding an internship?

Step 1: If you are interested in getting credit for an internship, contact your academic advisor to see what requirements your degree program has.

Step 2: Identify your Career Interest Area.

Step 3: Develop an effective resume and cover letter (attend one of our workshops or meet with a career advisor for a review).

Step 4: Search for leads.

  • Use Handshake for postings and on-campus interviewing.
  • Utilize additional recommended online internship resources.
  • Connect with employers offering internships at ASU career events.
  • Meet with a Career Advisor to get advice and help
  • Speak with faculty, academic advisors and internship coordinators in your department. Postings of internships can sometimes be found in your departmental offices.
  • Network with friends, family and acquaintances.

Step 5: Apply for internship openings. 

Step 6: Interview (attend a workshop or review our online interviewing materials to prepare for this important step).

Create Your Own Internship

It's also possible to create your own internship by contacting employers in your field of interest and describing your qualifications, interests and how you can contribute to their success. Descriptions of existing internships are helpful to frame your discussion with a possible internship host. Focus on the advantages to the organization in hiring an intern, such as having an extra person to assist with projects, offer new perspectives on organizational issues and provide new ideas.

Internship Information

Learn About Compensation and Academic Credit

Links To Online Internship Resources For All Students