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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.
Step 5: Apply for internship openings.
Step 6: Interview (attend a workshop or review our online interviewing materials to prepare for this important step).
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.