Internship Search Strategies

The Center for Career and Professional Development looks forward to working with you in person or virtually to help you develop the skills to find any type of internship - paid, unpaid, credit bearing, non-credit bearing.  The ideal time to start your search is during your sophomore year. 

To facilitate your search, we encourage you to:

• Print the Self-guided Internship & Job Search Strategies Checklist
• Review the information provided online about Clarion University's internship policies and procedures
   determine if your internship is credit-bearing, paid or both.
• Contact your academic departmental internship coordinator to discuss program requirements and application
   procedures prior to making plans for a credit-bearing internship.
• Identify key words, job titles, industries to use for your search using the Occupational Outlook Resources
• Locate job and internship search resources
• Navigate online job boards
• Connect through social networking such as LinkedIn
• Research companies

Internship Search Strategies Checklist

Internships for Academic Credit

Check Occupational Information (to identify keywords, tasks, and other factors related to the position)

Use CU Resources

  • Career Connections - Your CU Career Management System - Log in and complete/update (students) or register (Alumni) your account on Career Connections to access your career profile account; view the CU calendar of career events, career publications, videos and podcasts; search the CU online database of current part-time jobs, internships, summer/seasonal jobs, and full-time opportunities; participate in campus recruiting; create a career portfolio; or to make your resume available to employers seeking candidates for internship or employment opportunities.
  • Career Calendar: View this calendar for local, state, national and international career events, job fairs, site visits and more!
  • Campus Recruiting Program: In Career Connections use the News Feed to view the organizations recruiting Clarion students and alumni. Use the Events tab to find information sessions and tables and the Jobs tab to find employers conducting on-campus interviews for internships and full-time employment.
Attend CU Sponsored or Affiliated Career Events and Job Fairs
  • Career Events and Job Fairs: Participate in internship, job or career fairs sponsored by the Career Development Center or co-sponsored with western PA universities where you can meet recruiters seeking candidates for internships, full-time or seasonal employment opportunities, representatives from graduate and study abroad programs, and recruiters for military agencies.
Review Online Internship Search Engines and Career Specific Sites
  • Internship Search Sites: The Clarion University Center for Career and Professional Development serves as a clearinghouse of information regarding internships and other experiential learning opportunities. The listing of a position, company, or job search link should not be interpreted as an endorsement. The Center is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or other various aspects of internship or employment. Students and alumni should personally and carefully research openings and organizations prior to submitting a resume to an organization or entering into any agreements.
  • Job Search Resources (Many job search sites also have internship postings. So, don't forget to check these too.)
Connect with Internships through Networking

Learn about this important skill and how you can use it in your job search.

Research Companies
A common feedback comment from recruiters interviewing students for internships and jobs is that the candidate did not do their company research before the interview.  Some helpful resources to learn more about companies are Career Connections Career Explorer tool, Search Engines (i.e. Bing, Google), Glassdoor for Students, LinkedIn, and The Better Business Bureau.
Internship Awards

The JoAnne Day Student of the Year Awards are presented by PennACE each year to recognize outstanding co-ops and interns enrolled at member institutions. Three awards of $500 each are given each year, one in a technical field, one in non-profit (includes government), and one in business. Application information is made available at the beginning of the fall semester and due by the end of October annually.

Disclaimer: The Clarion University Center for Career and Professional Development serves a clearinghouse of information regarding job and  experiential learning opportunities. The listing of a position or search  engine should not be interpreted as an endorsement. The Career Development Center is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or  other various aspects of employment.

Students and alumni should personally research openings and  organizations prior to submitting a resume to an organization or  entering into any internship or employment agreements.

Last Updated 5/15/17